“1917” is a Technical Masterpiece

A non-spoiler review


Elijah Sale, Contributor

Director: Sam Mendes

Starring: George MacKay & Dean-Charles Chapman

Description: “1917” tells a true story about two British soldiers, during World War I, who are given specific orders to stop a battalion from falling into a trap. These young soldiers are forced to walk into enemy territory and risk their lives to save 1,600 men from this attack. With little resources and many problems along the way, Lance Cpl. Schofield and Lance Cpl. Blake must find a way to stop the attack. 

Pros: Director Sam Mendes and cinematographer Roger Deakins create easily the most beautiful film of the year. The “One Continuous Shot” aspect of this film is absolutely amazing. With only one visible cut, Sam Mendes perfects the idea of a “One-Shot” film. Winning Best Cinematography at the Oscars this year, Roger Deakins creates some of the most jaw-dropping visuals while also being very simple. 

George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman deliver persuasive performances that make it seem like they are really in a life-or-death situation. 

Cons: Even with its incredible “One-shot” aspect, the film drags sometimes. Keeping the camera at a specific frame for long periods of time can feel boring at times. Even though it makes audiences feel like they are there, some viewers may find it boring. 

Also, because of the “One-Shot” aspect, the film lacks character development. There is no way to truly know these characters’ past. Although, the film does a good job with making us care for these characters even though we don’t know much about them. 

Overall Review: This film has some of my favorite scenes ever. The stunning camera movement mixed with the beautiful score created by Thomas Newman, makes some of the most attention-grabbing scenes ever. Being Director, Sam Mendes’ best film yet, I would rate “1917” a solid 9/10. “1917” is a technical masterpiece that deserves all the credit it is getting. 

Fun Facts/Details: This film was shot in various locations in the UK. Sam Mendes based this movie on stories that his grandfather told him. 

This film is currently unavailable on any streaming service.