Monday, January 13, 2020

Movie Review Madness - 1917


1917, a movie directed by Sam Mendes is absolutely superb. It’s WWI and there appears to be a retreat by the German forces in a no-man’s land in France. But no – it’s a trap, and two messengers are sent to warn a British commander to not attack. Don’t put sixteen hundred men into a sure death. The key – one of the messengers, Blake, has an older brother in a regiment there.

Just think, no cell phones, no fancy radars and instant communications. Telephone lines were cut. In one long camera move, we follow our lance corporals through mud, trenches, rats. It’s immersive and horrifying. Dean Charles Chapman is Blake. George MacKay is Schofield, his buddy. Together they are pushed to extremes – straight ahead, past the dead horses, watch for the craters. It’s foggy and mucky and tension filled. Time is of the essence and Mendes keeps the pace moving along with our heroes.

Do the lads make it in time to save their troops?  I won’t tell. You have to see it on the big screen, be under siege yourself from the elements and from fear. Abandoned places…and then shots ring out.  Mendes said, “I wanted something that had the quality of a dream at times, but had real-life stakes.” He succeeds, and so do these actors. War is hell.


14 comments:

  1. Excellent film. The illusion of one long shot was so well done. I really want to see a 'making-of' special on this movie.

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    1. and I'm glad it's up for Oscar. Very worthy

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  2. Sounds Excellent Joanne. Thanks for sharing.
    Enjoy your week.

    Yvonne.

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  3. Sounds like a great movie. I can't how much harder war was back then with none of the things we have now. Not that any time of war is good.

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    1. exactly. But I think when you are face to face it makes it tougher to shoot.Can't fathom that experience.

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  4. Between you and Alex, whose recommendations I fully trust, this is a must-see.

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    1. we are a movie duo to reckon with - in separate states.

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  5. It's rumored that this movie will be in the running for many awards. Sounds like a riveting depiction.

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    1. Yep - it's in the Oscar hunt. I shall root for it. Plenty of good ones to choose from. I really did like Little Women too. Such a contrast!

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  6. Sure a winner indeed. War is just brutal, but even more so back then, if it can get any worse I guess.

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    1. Good I can't be drafted. I can't fathom being in a war

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  7. Hi Joanne - this is definitely on my 'to see' list - and I'm delighted it's up for an award or two ... cheers Hilary

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    1. yep - you are a history buff. I think you'll find this quite good.

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