1917 is a winner and must-see movie of 2019. It’s a World War I story of two soldiers, Lance Cpl Schofield and Lance Cpl. Blake. Summoned from a sleepy moment in a grassy field, they are tasked by their commanding officer and given new orders. They must cross enemy territory and deliver a message of utmost importance. If they fail, the lives of sixteen hundred men are at stake, including the brother of Lance Cpl. Blake.
The film is a masterpiece of cinematography, musical score, and acting that grips the audience from the moment the orders are received until they are miraculously delivered, averting a catastrophe. Directed by Sam Mendes, the film deserves its recent Golden Globe awards and no doubt soon to be received Oscars. There are cameo appearances from Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Richard Madden, Mark Strong, and a host of other famous faces that may surprise you. Dean-Charles Chapman and George MacKay play to two servicemen in an outstanding performance that must have been grueling and physically challenging to film.
The filming of the show gives the audience a unique perspective as the crew unendingly follows the two men, attempting to deliver a message. You feel as if you’re running through trenches, walking in mud, crawling in mud, climbing over dead bodies, and dodging enemy bullets. Some of the scenes are so eerily portrayed, such as nighttime in a destroyed city with flares bursting overhead, that it keeps you in awe of the screen. The musical score is also riveting and so well done. Of course, there is death all around. Young men killed in the prime of their lives. A war that some don’t understand why they are fighting. The movie tells it like it was, and reminds us that even today they are still discovering bodies buried in the mud of Belgium and France.
Highly recommend the film. As of writing this post, it has won:
- Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture
- Golden Globe Award for Best Director
- Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Director
- Critics’ Choice Award for Best Editing
- Critics’ Choice Award for Best Cinematography
- Satellite Award for Best Cinematography
- Producers Guild of Ameria Award for Best Theatrical Motion Picture