The characters are less interesting than the dirt they're digging.
I enjoyed the seeing the prison camp escape come to fruition with a wide array of personalities behind it (Colin Blythe and Bob Henley's characters and their dynamic were stand-outs). The actual process was pretty detailed and showed how all the gears clicked in the final clockwork. Yet, there are close-calls and slip-ups to keep the plan uncertain, eliciting suspense. Elmer Bernstein's score also found a fine line between dramatic, yet optimistic.
However, the film feels bloated. While there were…
"1917" is two hours of unrelenting tension that traverses the wasteland battlefields of World War I France in all its grim horror and beauty. Not only are the visuals on-par with what one would expect from a Sam Mendes/Roger Deakins' production, but they are the heart of this film. Some may view its style of editing that makes the movie appear as two continuous shots to be a gimmick to increase public interest, but I disagree. Having it this way,…
In terms of Scorsese films, this one is pretty by-the-numbers. If you have seen any of his crime dramas, there is nothing particularly 'new' here. Yet, Scorsese films usually have great numbers so it still proves engaging from beginning to end. The visuals and music are solid. I enjoyed how there was a little text edited in that showed how/when a character's real-life counterpart died. All the banter between the people was amusing. Etc. This is basically like a reunion…