A movie review written by Lee Sonogan
1hr59min (2019) Drama, War
Originally published on entertainmentcultureonline.com
Colonel MacKenzie: I hoped today might be a good day. Hope is a dangerous thing. That’s it for now, then next week, Command will send a different message. Attack at dawn. There is only one way this war ends. Last man standing.
1917 is the year during World War 2 this film was based on. Being the final 2019 movie on the list is highly regarded by all that I judge myself. Fresh in my mind I have a mixed reaction to explain in the following text to come. Between 90-100 million of a budget, this movie made $364 million at the box office.
An epic in its own right, hype going in was above the average. The first act contained the premise of the story with two British soldiers being ordered to deliver a direct message to cull off an attack. As expected the visual cinematography was strong as each piece of important information was narrowing through the tight corners of the trenches. With a suspenseful soundtrack to match in between dialogue, the vibe was very intense.
Moving over to No Man’s Land intensity did drop with slightly overdrawn movement montages. Stable enough there is a scene at a farm that delivers on acting performances. And one of the most memorable scenes in the whole thing that transitions into a broken city. Midway through had its high and lows until they reached the canal. There is picks up again with the composition unrolling before your eyes create a solid one on one shoot out.
Compared to all the other shots the ending falls flat with a short exchange with a cameo from Benedict Cumberbatch the avoidance of real payoff action between the German’s trap. Nonetheless, It is highly recommendable for the sake of uniqueness it has in comparison to the vision the perspective demonstrates. Objective to a point while subjective at the level of the art form, regardless of how you feel about it, the worthy checking out value is there.
World War I is perhaps unequaled in its horrific brutality. 1917 takes us into that horror and doesn’t let us out of it for two hours. – Plugged In Staff