Movie Review 1917 (15)
Tuesday, 21 January 2020 | Admin
Directed, co-written and produced by Sam Mendes. The film stars George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Mark Strong, Andrew Scott, Richard Madden, Claire Duburcq, Colin Firth and Benedict Cumberbatch. It is based in part on an account told to Mendes by his paternal grandfather, Alfred Mendes, and chronicles the story of two young British soldiers during World War I who are given a mission to call off an attack doomed to fail soon after the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line during Operation Alberich in 1917.
The film received 10 nominations at the 92nd Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.
At the 77th Golden Globe Awards the film won for Best Motion Picture Ė Drama and Best Director and at the 73rd British Academy Film Awards it received nine nominations. It also won the Producers Guild of America Award for Best Theatrical Motion Picture.
Metascore (Critics) Rating 7.9/10
IMDB User Rating 8.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes 8.4/10
I liked 1917, but it didnít blow me away.
Appreciate the cinematography but somehow apart from a few strategically placed rats and dead bodies. I didnít feel it captured the real horror of what this really was.
The trenches and the soldiers looked all a little too smart and normal, despite the efforts at poignancy with soldiers singing and others looking on etc.
This was 1917, the horror of trench warfare was not new, to the British anyway and I don't feel that feel of loss fear and desperation came across.
As an action film it was excellent and I did want our heroes to complete their mission. The rifle battles were very good and I was convinced live ammunition was being used and I enjoyed a film that went from A to Z in storyline.
Similar IMO to another film Dunkirk in 2017 I felt it just missed the mark.
Ok, but sadly not a war classic.
MGN Rating 7/10