A race against time


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The cinematography of “1917” is the star of the show.  The movie was filmed in a unique way to look like one long running shot, and  this style of recording fully immerses the viewer and fits perfectly into the story of traveling.  “1917,” like most war movies, is best experienced in the theatre, with breathtaking shots and gruesome details, this movie shows the horror and loneliness of war. 


“1917” takes place in northern France on April 6, during the latter half of World War One.  The British troops are advancing through the countryside of France right into a German trap, and it is the job of Lance Corporal William Schofield and Lance Corporal Tom Blake to travel through the previously German controlled land to warn the British of the trap. This movie has strong themes of unity, survival, and running out of time.  Both Blake and Schofield exhibit these traits and themes through their battle through extreme conditions and unwavering perseverance.  


George MacKay, who plays Lance Corporal Schofield, and Dean-Charles Chapman, who plays Lance Corporal Blake, both do an excellent job portraying the terror of war and what it will do to a man.  Both actors have plenty of screen time and are extremely dynamic in the film. Benedict Cumberbatch also makes a short appearance and his presence is always felt. 


During the Oscars that just happened Feb. 9, “1917” brought home three Oscars.  Roger Deakins won best cinematography for his work on “1917” and this was well deserved.  “1917” also won Oscars for best sound mixing and visual effects. 


Sam Mendes has a track record of creating wildly successful action films, his most recent being “Skyfall” in 2012 and “Spectre” in 2015.  The film is inspired by Alfred Mendes, grandfather of director Sam Mendes.  Alfred Mendes was a “runner” whose job was to deliver messages from one British General to another.  This job of being a “runner” relates heavily to the job of Blake and Schofield in 1917. Sam Mendes took home a Golden Globe for 1917 for his directing, an award Mendes hasn’t won for two decades since his directing of the film American Beauty. 


People that like heart pumping action and historical movies should definitely buy tickets to see “1917.”  While the film is rated R for it’s often graphic scenes and language, I would recommend it to anyone over the age of 13.  The style of filming and intense storyline makes “1917” an outstanding film.