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REVIEW: ‘1917’ shows the marvels of cinematic directing

By Brogan Pierce

When thinking of old war movies, we often think of dated classics such as Saving Private Ryan or Band of Brothers, yet the new movie 1917 brings an exciting feature on a grueling mission by two friends from World War I. 1917 brings a new twist to movies through its amazing filming, directing, and acting that brings lots of potential. This is an incredible movie that should be seen by almost anyone with any inclination towards action movies.

Directed by Sam Mendes, this movie brings an amazing new style of film to the big screen. The movie is filmed to look like one shot throughout the entire two hours of screen time. Through brilliant filming and acting, the movie is executed perfectly, giving its viewers little to no time to rest in the thrilling mission its two main characters are given.

George Mackay and Dean-Charles Chapman are tremendous in their roles as they give the film a lighthearted yet powerful presence. Playing Lance Cpl. Schofield and Lance Cpl. Blake, they travel across enemy territory to deliver a message that could save 1,600 fellow comrades including Lance Cpl. Blake’s brother from a surprise trap the Germans have planned. The film has an amazing plot, yet what viewers don’t expect is the responsibility of the characters that really hit home. The acting is truly wonderful as the deep burden on the characters is shown tremendously throughout the film. You can almost feel the emotions of the characters as they race against time and enemies to save thousands of lives.

When thinking of the movie 1917, it was never really asked for, yet it will never be forgotten, with an ending that will bring tears to almost any audience member. This film will keep viewers on the edge of their seats from the nail-biting action to the heavy burdens the cast portrays. 1917 is an amazing film that contests with some of the greatest war movies ever made. The brilliance of the filming and directing is truly on another level, and viewers will often find themselves marveling at the movie’s ability to keep them invested from the beginning to the end with only one scene. It was a truly unexpected film, yet it hit the bullseye.

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