Austin Burke’s review published on Letterboxd:
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This film is amazing. I’ve now seen it with my wife (which was the ultimate goal), and while she normally isn’t one to love movies like this, she loved it. I also recommended it to a friend who got back with me and told me how much he loved it. It’s nice to see these recommendations payoff, and I’m just falling more and more in love with this epic piece of cinema by the minute. I’ve said as much as I needed to say about why I love it, but the one criticism that I heard (and was actually worried about) was the fact that it didn’t hold up as well on rewatch. I genuinely find myself loving it more as a movie every single time. Nothing will beat that first experience in IMAX after driving three hours to see it in Tennessee. It’s normally tough to say one movie is worth that long of a trip, but 1917 was worth it (even though I also saw Waves that day which definitely helped).
The major story flaw I see others mentioning is the lack of a compelling narrative (solid arguments for sure), but I just can’t get on board with that criticism. I’m completely floored from the opening scene, and while the filmmaking is next-level, it’s the story that gets me invested. It could absolutely be the experience mixed with my love for War films, but no other movie made me feel this way in 2019. I love my Superhero films, I was blown away by some of the Oscar contenders, and there were some nice surprises on streaming, but 1917 stood above the rest for me. Any other year it would have taken home Best Picture, but 2019 spoiled us. 2020 is doing the exact opposite unfortunately. Sam Mendes told a personal story here, and you can tell. I can’t wait to watch this again. This also gets me motivated to watch Greyhound this weekend (fingers crossed).