Hello movie lovers, I hope you’ve seen this movie, because if you haven’t then you’re definitely missing out.
During World War I, two British soldiers — Lance Cpl. Schofield and Lance Cpl. Blake — receive seemingly impossible orders. In a race against time, they must cross over into enemy territory to deliver a message that could potentially save 1,600 of their fellow comrades — including Blake’s own brother.
I saw 1917 in theaters with my brother and dad, and I wish I had seen it sooner. It is a fast-paced thrill ride.
As you all know, I am a history buff, and love a good true story movie from the 20th century.
I find them interesting and riveting, and that’s not even to speak of the historical significance to the story.
This movie isn’t about the conflict between good and evil, it’s not about a soldier’s struggle in the heat of a major battle, or their fight for survival behind enemy lines.
It’s not like a lot of other war movies, because it is the two soldiers we follow on their race against time.
I heard this movie being compared to Saving Private Ryan, and I definitely agree. It has the same sense of stress and anxiety throughout the movie. It builds up, slowly, over time. It has moments of fleeting, and it has moments that hit you harder.
The thing that jumped out at me within minutes of this movie starting was the camera work. The entire movie looked like it was shot in one attempt.
I know that’s not true, but the way it was edited to look like it was one attempt really helped tell the story.
It’s almost poetic how perfectly the camera work fits into the movie itself.
These two soldiers only have one shot. One chance to make it across battlefields to warn their allies of their impending doom. One misstep, one wrong action, one hesitation could mean that nearly 2,000 troops die in a pointless assault.
That’s why the camera work is so fitting. The one shot so perfectly captures the journey they are taking to warn their allies.
People have been raving about how brilliant this movie is, and there are moments that I agree are gorgeous.
Some shots of the two of them running from a plane, running across a mortar hole, or traveling through an abandoned city using only the light from flares to find your way around.
These moments are breathtaking and it makes sense as to why the movie has such high praise.
There is one major issue I have with the movie though, and that is the ending.
I felt so unsatisfied with how it ended.
Not to spoil the ending, but what happens doesn’t evoke the emotions I think it intended to.
It felt empty and I didn’t really care. It didn’t have that emotional punch that I was hoping for.