1917 ★★★★½

Most war films tend to try to pull their audience to the battlefield. It's sort of expected of them as we want to be transported, see the conflict, "feel" the tension, the combat, all that stuff. And yes, while 1917 feels a bit gimmicky with its use of a one shot sequence style, its setting is probably the most appropriate for it to be used.

This film is a complete spectacle to watch, and like most spectacles, it tends to be a one-trick pony. That isn't to say that I didn't enjoy this film. In fact, I loved it from beginning to end. There's a lot of tension and sequences that had my heart pounding out of my chest. I felt the dread of the situation and managed to tear up even.Yet I doubt it will have the same impact on the second watch. I may be overreacting here, but that's my overall feeling so far.

It reminded me a lot of Peter Jackson's "They Shall not Grow Old", which also showed the nitty gritty of the war, feeling like it actually took you into the trenches.

It's funny how some people really dislike war films and, to a certain point, it seems this film was made in part to them, as it consists of a plot in which conflict is trying to be avoided. It's a journey against time, which plays perfectly, once again, with the one-shot concept, as you feel like there's no time to stop along the way.

Also, it should be noted that there are some clever cuts here and there and a couple of not so clever ones, but that's okay, since it's supposed to be a style choice more than a gimmick.

All in all, 1917 is not only a worthy contender for the oscars, it's proof of how there's still plenty of stories to be told of The Great War or of any war in particular for that matter.