1917 review: World War I was originally called the “War to End All Wars,” until a vicious, somewhat disappointing speech was made, and decades later it was declared to be fabricated.
As the Allies, including the United States, Britain, and France, fought with Germany and the rest of the Central Powers in the mid-1910s, new or advanced weapons of war were introduced, from various military programming technologies to chemical weapons and radio signals and radio communications. But new technology was not always available or reliable. Sometimes the only way to send an important message was to write it down on a piece of paper, hand it to a soldier, and hope that he or she would get their message across to the recipient in a timely manner.
This is the main focus of the captivating, breathtaking, full of dirt and blood and the unforgettable Sam Mendes.It’s called 1917 .
With Mendes’ excellent, creative and influential choices as a director, Oscar-winning filmmaker Roger Dickens, and the strong acting of two young actors in the lead roles, the film will be a special experience that will stay in your mind for a long time.
Most of the images we see in 1917 seem to be a long, unbreakable fragment.
We see soldiers on their way to endless destinations and spiral trenches to the destination, passing by wounded, tired, confused men who are making harsh words. Seeing these scenes is like entering their lives for a few seconds. It was as if the camera could stand at any moment and focus on the lives of these men; Undoubtedly, they also had a valuable story to tell that could become an independent film.
It is rare for us to care so much about secondary and transient characters.
It is the spring of 1917 and we are in the north of France at the height of the war. Dean-Charles Chapman plays Lance Corporal Blake, who is tasked with delivering an important message to the British commander and his 1,600 soldiers. Blake’s brother is one of those soldiers who have come to terms with a disagreement and is considered a surprise attack on the Germans, which is nothing more than a hoax.
Blake asks his friend Sheffield ( George McKay ) to accompany him on the mission, while Sheffield prefers to stay away from the war and keep himself out of danger as much as possible.
The two actors are not at all like the heroes of old war movies and do not behave like them. They are both thin and thin, and they are terrified when they encounter a mountain of corpses or underground mice. Shaffield complains a lot about this, and he constantly complains about the insanity and despair of this mission.
In other words, these two characters are two real and believable human beings.
In 1917, Mendes skillfully moved from intense scenes with camera shocks to close-ups of actors’ faces (which were also accompanied by computer and fake action scenes).
Shortly afterwards, one of the soldiers encounters a young woman and a child. Finding them by a soldier is like a miracle, but we are not in a war or a world where he can protect this woman and child.
In addition to this scene, we encounter other relatively intimate, powerful and beautiful moments. Such transient views of humanity and kindness have led to an emphasis on every insane trade of war (which roars everywhere).
George McKay plays Shaffield, the film’s disgruntled protagonist. Familiar figures such as Colin Firth , Mark Strong , Benedict Cumberbatch, and Richard Madden use their stellar power to benefit the characters and larger goals in the film. 1917 is an extraordinary story, partly inspired by Mendes’ grandfather’s stories.
1917 is one of the best films ever made about World War I.
This article is taken from Richard Roper’s post on the site.