1917

1917 ★★★½

An enhanced theatrical experience definitely makes up for some narrative misgivings that hold the film back from achieving the greatness it reaches out for.

In many ways, 1917 reminded me of Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk, which does a stellar job at blending three different perspectives of the war in order to create a tapestry that paints a picture of what it feels like to be out there fighting for your own country. Unfortunately just like said film, even with the impeccable craft on display, I also felt no emotional connection with any of the characters whatsoever and in the long run it just didn't leave much of an impact whatsoever.

Where Dunkirk goes wrong, particularly regarding how it shifts through different phases of time - I feel like Sam Mendes fixes by having so much of 1917 taking place in real time through the appearance of a long take. The simplicity of Mendes's approach proves itself to be an admirable choice, especially in sequences where so much action is happening on the screen. But for every gorgeous set piece it boasts as well as some stellar cinematography by the always reliable Roger Deakins, I can't help but feel as if I'm still watching broad strokes for characters moving forward from Point A to Point B.

Much as it may be best enhanced by a theatrical experience, I just wish I loved this film more. But I'm throwing in an extra half star for the harrowing final sequence.

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