Sunday, August 9, 2020

Film review: 1917 is a modern cinematic classic

The best war film since Saving Private Ryan this one has to be seen on the big screen

With the incredible war drama 1917, cinematographer Roger Deakins has created one of the most ambitious, intensely beautiful and epic films of all time.

From Blade Runner 2049 & Fargo to Sicario, the long-time collaborator with this film’s director Sam Mendes, has an extensive resume. But here, he quite literally makes the audience feel like we’re following two soldiers through a journey to warn troops of a German trap during World War I.

It feels as if we’re seeing one continuous shot for two hours, and it’s magnificent. Mendes — known for American Beauty and Bond film Skyfall — also makes the movie of his career, and with Golden Globes for Best Drama, Best Director and 10 Oscar nominations, it is a wonder of a film.

It hinges on two young stars in Captain Fantastic’s George MacKay and Game of Thrones alum Dean-Charles Chapman, and they’re more than up to the challenge. With Colin Firth and Richard Madden along for the proceedings, I can’t express enough how much I loved this journey.

The best war film since Saving Private Ryan and one of the greatest in-cinema experiences in years, this one has to be seen on the big screen.

Jordan Parker is a PR professional and journalist in Halifax, and these reviews appear first on his film blog Parker & the Picture Shows.

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