1917: a cinematographic experience

Hello My Movievaures! I hope you had an amazing week. I’m writing this article on the plane. Just this weekend, I went with some friends to see the latest war movie on theatres : 1917.

A simple title, but quite efficient to understand what this is going to be about. I will not get into a whole historical explanation of what happened between 1914 and 1918, but to make it short this is the story of two young British soldiers during first World War that are tasked with delivering a message to another soldier’s company to stop them from falling into a German trap.

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There is nothing special about the plot, that is for sure. For years, we had so many war movies that I don’t even remember a third of them. However, I will say this one is worth remembering. Indeed, it is not a surprise that it received 10 nominations at the academy awards, won Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best director at the Golden Globe Awards as well as the best film and direction at the British Academy Film Awards. Of course, an awarded film is not always a guarantee of quality and good experience. Nevertheless, for 1917, this is only a reward for an incredible movie that is partly based on Sam Mendes’s paternal grandfather’s account.

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I will not talk too much about the casting of the movie. Not because the actors are not amazing, which they are, but because the movie is not focus on the characters but mostly on their experiences. Of course, the main two actors, George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman are absolutely brilliant. Their emotions are completely accurate to the horror they see and live. There are also some huge actors, but I will not reveal their identity as it’s a pleasure to see them and discover them along the way.

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However, the main thing I will highlight is the cinematographic experience. I’m not lying when I say that this is one of the most beautiful movies I’ve seen on screen in terms of filming. Roger Deakins and Sam Mendes have done an amazing work with long takes and choreographed moving camera shots that give this incredible effect of one continuous take. This allows us to have the impression that we are following the main characters throughout the movie as we were just behind or next to them. The lights and colours are fantastic and matched completely the characters emotions in each scene. From fear, to rage, throughout sadness and relief, we experience everything as we were living world war 1 and the horror of it.

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In short, this is a movie worth seeing as is an experience in itself. The storyline, the acting and specially the filming and music are fantastic and gets into our deepest emotions.

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This is all for today My Movievaures! I hope you enjoyed reading this article. See you next week for another review!

 

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