1917 tells the story of two British soldiers during World War I, Lance Cpl. Schofield and Lance Cpl. Blake, who receive a seemingly impossible orders. With time being their enemy, they need to cross over into hostile territory, in order to deliver a message that could potentially save 1,600 of their fellow soldiers, including Blake's own brother.
With 10 Oscar nominations and 2 Golden Globe awards for Best Motion Picture and Best Directo, 1917 truly lives up to the hype. It is quality at its finest and one of the best war movies in a long time.
The direction that Sam Mendes took for this movie is truly hard-hitting, immersive, and impressive in terms of technical achievements and storytelling. Because of that, 1917 truly captures the grittiness and intensity of World War I trench warfare.
The cinematography combined with editing manage to create the most visually stunning movie of 2019. The use of scenery and lighting can truly be seen, which gives this vivid representation of a World War I warzone.
The use of music also evokes different atmospheres that fit into the scenes perfectly. The composer, Thomas Newman, did such a good job on evoking this feeling of dread and calmness in certain scenes.
Meanwhile, the star-studded cast with Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth, and Mark Strong in the supporting roles gave a great performance. But the main actors, George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman, also set a shining example on how acting matters in a movie that one would think filled with action and set pieces.
But do not go in expecting a lot of actions, like other war movies. The action scenes are there, but they are not the main focus. Instead, please enjoy the thrill and cinematography.
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