payton’s review published on Letterboxd:
1917 went above and beyond to avoid falling into the generic "cash grab" category that many war movies find themselves in. With regards to visuals, there were many moments where I was left questioning how exactly they even managed to get some of the shots they did. Roger Deakins is nothing short of a master in his craft, everything he touches is sure to be visually appealing on screen.
At the height of the climax I was brought to tears simply due to the amount of emotion it evoked from me. The visuals paired with the score created a scene that I will likely find myself daydreaming about in the coming weeks.
Following relatively close on the heels of Christopher Nolan's "Dunkirk," I feel as though it was important for 1917 to stand out in terms of how the film played out. 1917 allowed the viewer to connect on a deeper level with the protagonists through elaborating on their backstories. This sense of connection created with the characters is what I feel sets it apart and, in my opinion, above Dunkirk in terms of impact it will have on the viewer.
I loved how unpredictable the storyline felt as well, I truly was uncertain if the mission was even possible to carry out.