1917 (MOVIE REVIEW) by Kevin C.

1917 21917 is a war drama, directed by Sam Mendes and written by Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns. The story is centered on Will Schofield, a British soldier during World War I. Schofield and his best friend, Tom Blake, are given a mission from the General to deliver a message to cancel a planned British attack the next day. Tom’s brother is one of the soldiers who will participate in the planned attack, giving Tom and Will extra motivation to accomplish the mission. If Will and Tom don’t deliver the message, 1,600 soldiers, including Tom’s brother, will die. With only a day to reach their destination, can Will and Tom deliver the message and prevent an ambush?

1917 is a movie that I regret watching at home. It is a movie full of spectacle and scope and should be seen on the biggest screen possible. The entire movie is shot as if it is in two, one-hour long takes, with the only noticeable cut being when Will is knocked unconscious. The film is beautifully shot and Mendes does a great job of telling the story visually. The one long take idea does a lot of the heavy lifting for this movie because it builds tension and allows the audience to experience war in a brutal, engaging, and personal way. I typically don’t like war movies, but 1917 feels much more like an adventure movie. The main character has to journey through a treacherous warzone to finish his mission and most of the fighting in this movie is up close and personal, and when there is full blown warfare, the perspective is kept on the main character. I enjoyed the movie overall, but I think that if the long takes weren’t used then the movie wouldn’t be nearly as good as it is. The story and characters are relatively simple. The acting is good, but not out of this world. The long takes with extremely creative and complex choreography and camera movements take this movie to new heights and its Academy Award for Best Cinematography is very well deserved. Overall, I really like 1917, a basic story with likable characters is serviceable when the cinematography and choreography are impeccable.

Release Date: 25 December 2019

Starring: George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Mark Strong

Director: Sam Mendes

Distributor: Universal Pictures

Genre: War, Drama, Adventure

Audience: Adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 119 Minutes

Website: https://www.universalpictures.com/movies/1917

Kevin photoKevin Coffee | Writing Contributor
B.A | Communications | Cal State Univ – East Bay
Kevin Coffee is a graduate of California State University, East Bay with a B.A. in Communication and Media Studies. He has a strong passion for storytelling and loves to watch movies/TV shows and read books. He hopes to work in the entertainment industry to help create the kinds of stories that have inspired and influenced him. He is enthusiastic, energetic and loves to be on camera. He also loves writing and hopes to do some creative writing in the future. He enjoys spending time with friends and family and talking about all things pop culture. He loves going to Disneyland and has a potentially unhealthy obsession with Star Wars. Instagram: @kevincoffeejr|| View My Articles

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