Movie Review: 1917

Directed by Sam Mendes

5 Stars

In the midst of World War I, during Operation Alberich, two British military corporals were ordered to navigate through enemy grounds to convey an important message to Colonel Mackenzie in the Second Devonshire Battalion – a message that could potentially save 1,600 of their fellow comrades. 

 While the story possessed a simple plot, the cinematography of 1917 uniquely distinguished itself from other highly praised films in the industry. While many other films have attempted the ‘one-shot’ style, I think 1917 was one of the better films that captured the ‘one-shot’ continuity. The one-shot style isn’t the only approach to cinematography worth praising. For example, the decision to have the camera up close and personal, giving certain scenes a tight and intense atmosphere, was

unbelievably well executed. There was another scene near the end of the movie that involved many lights and flares. Another perfect example of the incredible cinematography of 1917 showing fear, not through body language but through the atmosphere itself – a play of light and shadows. The score also worked very well with the cinematography and helped set the mood. I found it interesting that 1917 is one of the few films set in World War I. Sound is something overlooked when watching live-action films. I personally pay attention to sound when watching animation/classics, and this film’s sound editing complimented every scene of fear and conflict. George Mackay and Dean Chapman’s acting spells superb! Every scene felt authentic and not forced. Their acting made you feel how hopelessly young men felt in World War I.  

 Honestly, 1917 is a must-watch and I believe that it is a cinematographic masterpiece. Overall, I give it a 5/5-star rating. 


Reviewed by Aaron S. 

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