Two young British soldiers attempt to deliver a message that could save 1,600 men in this continuous-shot WWI drama from Sam Mendes (Skyfall). Winner of Best Director and Best Film at the 2020 BAFTAs and Golden Globes.
At the height of WWI, two young British soldiers, Schofield (George MacKay, Captain Fantastic) and Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman, Game of Thrones) must cross enemy territory in a race against time to deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers - Blake's own brother among them.
Best Cinematography, Visual Effects & Sound Mixing, Academy Awards 2020; Best Director & Motion Picture (Drama), Golden Globes 2020; Best Film, Director, Visual Effects, Cinematography, Production Design, Sound and Outstanding British Film, BAFTAs 2020
2020Rating: R13, Depicts graphic & realistic war scenes119 minsUSA, UK
1917 works fantastically as a pulse-pounding thriller set against the backdrop of the end of WWI. Technically, it’s absolutely extraordinary, but it says very little about the war itself, or war in general, or much at all, which is a missed opportunity.
Inspired by a tale of war his grandad had told him, Mendes co-wrote the story with rising-star screenwriter Krysty Wilson-Cairns, a 31-year-old Scot with a deep interest in military history who has been touring European battlefields from a young age. Together, the pair have nailed that imperative for engaging war storytelling: an intimate story told within a grand and horrific context.
The experience of watching 1917 is enveloping, overwhelming, confronting. I've just spent two years studying the Western Front for a book, and this recreation is hard to fault – from the ramshackle British trenches to the precision-engineered German earthworks and deep dugouts that made them so immovable.