Film review: “1917”

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Pat Downey, Film Critic

“1917”

Starring: Dean-Charles Chapman, George MacKay, Colin Firth, Andrew Scott

Director: Sam Mendes

If you want to start the year off with an amazing film, “1917” is for you. With astonishing special effects and a captivating story, the film is well deserving of its Golden Globes. It is a World War I film like you’ve never seen and an artistic masterpiece.

The movie’s plot is simple. Two British soldiers must cross German lines to deliver a message calling off an attack that will end in a massacre. Mendes’ direction combined with the music creates a sense of urgency throughout the film that makes the audience root for the two soldiers to finish their mission. The actors do great job of bringing their characters to life and exploring the horrors of war.

What is incredible about the film is the special effects. Impressively there are maybe only three or four cuts in the film. Mendes creates a sense of realism by using several continuous takes that range from 30 to 45 minutes. This is a nearly impossible feat that is rarely used in filmmaking, but “1917” incorporates it to an impressive and great avail.

Additionally, the sets and imagery used in the film are stunning and aid the senses of dread and urgency that is present throughout the whole movie.

“1917” is fantastic and must be seen on the big screen to fully appreciate it. This movie is so incredible it is difficult to describe. If you see one movie this month, it should be this.

With the Oscars around the corner, don’t be surprised if it receives several wins.