1917 is an epic war drama film co-written, directed, and produced by Sam Mendes. The film is based on the story told to Mendes by his grandfather Alfred Mendes.
The film sets in April 1917, during World War I, and follows two British soldiers Lance Corporal Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman) and Lance Corporal Schofield (George MacKay) on their impossible mission to deliver a message to prevent 1,600 soldiers from walking straight into a deadly ambush. The film also stars Mark Strong, Andrew Scott, Richard Madden, Colin Firth, and Benedict Cumberbatch. This is one of the best ensembles of supporting cast I’ve ever seen.
This film is simply outstanding. The film has a gripping storyline, compelling characters, stunning cinematography, brilliant screenplay, and excellent direction and vision of Sam Mendes. Along with the direction, the film also has a mesmerizing set design. In some of the shots, we can see the use of as many as 500 background extras. The film perfectly captures the horrors of war in a detailed way and tells a very human story to which anybody can connect immediately. The true essence of the film can only be experienced in the IMAX theatre. It has got every aspect of it so right that it would definitely fetch this year’s Academy Award for the Best Picture. The film has received 10 nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay.
The film has a very subtle background score. The film not only has a great story but also has some of the best performances touching realism. The whole film is shot in such a brilliant way using long takes that the entire film appears as one continuous shot – and especially this thing amazed me more than anything else. Throughout the runtime of the film, I was thinking that exactly how long this one-shot is going to continue, and finally, the shot completed at the end (There were 2-3 moments, where I think they had merged the shots, otherwise it heavily depends on the long shots).
Verdict : Without a doubt, the film is a must-watch. The best craft by Sam Mendes. The film will definitely make you remember Saving Private Ryan (1998) and Dunkirk (2017).
Rating : 4.5/5
Check the trailer here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZjQROMAh_s