The movie “1917” is the best shot film I have ever seen. The movie takes place somewhere in northern France. Shockingly, the entire timespan of the movie is about 21 hours. The movie is set during a very fluid time during WWI, when the Germans were trying to gain land and Europe was in a state of fluctuation. The film tells the story of two young British soldiers- Lance Corporal Schofield (George Mackay) and Lance Corporal Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman), who are ordered to deliver a message calling off an attack doomed to fail soon after the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line. This message is especially important to one of the young soldiers, as his brother is taking part in the pending attack.
During the entire film, I think there was a max of four or five cuts. The incredible cinematography wowed me more than the plot itself. The trenches that were commonplace in the war were also a main part of the film. The extreme details of life in the trenches captivated me. The designers were able to create the exact conditions the soldiers faced- down to the disease and rats that ravaged the soldiers. How this film didn’t win best picture at the Oscars is BEYOND me.
The film feels so real; it showcases just how far the world has gotten in combat and war. The bayonets and rifles have been replaced today with drones and airstrikes. Gone are the days of a pure ground battle. The soldiers, on their journey to stop an attack, had to cross over no man’s land and into enemy territory. The realistic nature of the bodies that perished in the war is ever-so-prevalent during the scene where soldiers pass by a mass grave. A literal pit of bodies shows just how gruesome the war was.
This film was simply an unbelievable achievement in film making. It is WELL WORTH IT to see on the big screen. War films are designed for a captivating atmosphere. The immersive theater creates a feeling of being in the trenches with the soldiers. The camerawork was outstanding. The film was a great watch, and something that is best seen while it is still at the theaters.