1917

1917 ★★★★

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

Went in deeply skeptical. I hate big action long takes. 

What a surprise and relief that the technique is primarily used to anchor environment and obstacle, not to dazzle with complicated action choreography. 

(And if I’m nitpicking, most of the moments that aren’t visually believable were the big stunts. They whiffed on the movement of the camera/background in relation to the subject.)

Even the climax is really just one man trying to run in a straight line for 300 yards. 

To be sure, there were absolutely some dazzling sequences:
-No Man’s Land
-Escaping the German bunker
-A Town on Fire at Night

But the focus is on dynamic compositions, mood, urgency - not showiness. 

Also a number of quiet, intimate moments that drive home the cost of war, the collateral damage, and some simple, powerful human connection.