It’s been quite a while since I have been so excited about a film. I’ve not stopped talking about 1917 since I saw it, to the point where people are getting annoyed at me. Sorry for having taste guys. But seriously, have you seen it?
If you have yet to witness the masterpiece that is Sam Mendes’ 1917, you are truly missing out. Masterfully shot as if it is all one long gargantuan take (much like the way ‘Birdman’ was shot, except on a much larger scale), we follow two British soldiers who attempt to cross into enemy territory to deliver a vital message where time is of the essence.
The film borrows its hidden cuts from a technique first seen in Hitchcock’s ‘Rope’ (1948). For example, the camera will move behind an object during a scene, such as a tree or a into a trench or bunker where an edit could take place. The final result being one long sweeping gorgeous take.
1917 honestly left me speechless and I can genuinely say, I have not seen a film in an incredibly long time that has been able to achieve that. The masterful use of the camera gives you a sense of inclusion, as if you too are in the firing line along with Lance Corporal Blake and Lance Corporal Schofield as they move through a dangerous labyrinth of a war zone.
Credit where credit is due, every single person that worked on this film deserves praise. The amount of effort and incredible hard work that went into the production of this film and what was ultimately delivered to the screen is nothing short of insane. Months of training and rehearsals resulted in one of the best war films to hit the screen since ‘Saving Private Ryan’, yes – it is just that good.
1917 serves as one of the rare moments in cinema where every aspect of the film works in perfect unity to create one of the most intense, yet beautiful experiences ever captured on camera.
Watch a clip from 1917 in the player below.