1917

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Hard-hitting, immersive, and an impressive technical achievement, 1917 captures the trench warfare of World War I with raw, startling immediacy.

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At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield (Captain Fantastic's George MacKay) and Blake (Game of Thrones' Dean-Charles Chapman) are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers--Blake's own brother among them.

Cast

George MacKay
as Lance Corporal Schofield
Dean-Charles Chapman
as Lance Corporal Blake
Mark Strong (II)
as Captain Smith
Andrew Scott
as Lieutenant Leslie
Richard Madden
as Lieutenant Joseph Blake
Colin Firth
as General Erinmore
Benedict Cumberbatch
as Colonel Mackenzie
Jamie Parker
as Lieutenant Richards
Nabhaan Rizwan
as Sepoy Jondalar
Adrian Scarborough
as Major Hepburn
Daniel Mays
as Sergeant Sanders
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Critic Reviews for 1917

All Critics (369) | Top Critics (48) | Fresh (330) | Rotten (39)

  • The film is thrilling, moving on effectively from one shocking set piece to another, studding the narrative too with starry cameos.

    Jan 14, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a tense, unnerving ride that accomplishes its goal of translating the first-person experience of war better than any war movies that have come before it. It's a level up.

    Jan 13, 2020 | Rating: A | Full Review…
  • From the sole perspective of the filmmaking craft, "1917" is worth a watch.

    Jan 10, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • While Mendes didn't shrink from displaying the vivid imagination of a suburban horndog, he's unwilling to face the imagination of the valorous combatants of "1917."

    Jan 10, 2020 | Full Review…
  • 1917's ambitious gambit soon becomes a double-edged sword: it brings us closer to these men, but sets them apart from the collective experiences it seeks to memorialise.

    Jan 10, 2020 | Rating: 3/5
  • If Mendes' film-making has sometimes felt to have not fully outgrown his beginnings in theatre, 1917 is wildly cinematic, a movie that makes you feel the breath of mortality on your neck.

    Jan 8, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for 1917

  • 6h ago
    Though it is uncomfortable to watch, it's downright and absolutely brilliant, a brilliant story, brilliant performances, great music and mesmerizing cinematography!!! It really succeeds in depicting the atrocities of war, I love it :D
    Serge E Super Reviewer
  • 10h ago
    A masterfully shot war drama that is so riveting that by the end of the movie you feel like you have been through the main character's ordeal as well. MacKay and Chapman are superb as two brave soldiers trying to save fellow soldiers from imminent tragedy. Mendes and Deakins should surely take home Oscar Gold for a heart pumping and moving war drama. 01-22-2020
    Christopher O Super Reviewer
  • Jan 11, 2020
    If you're ever in the mood to watch a war film, there's an over-abundance of them throughout history. You can almost always find one that you haven't seen before. For this reason alone, I find myself being very cautious when one is about to get a wide release. With recent releases like Hacksaw Ridge or Dunkirk, my faith in the genre is always rejuvenated. Well, 1917 is yet another war film to come along and surprise me. For all the technical reasons to love this film on top of the powerful story itself, here's why I believe 1917 is one of 2019s very best films.  The premise is nice and simple. Two young soldiers are given the task of sneaking through enemy lines in order to deliver a message to their commander, which will, in turn, save thousands of lives if received in time. This premise makes for a very tense ride. On top of being an engaging story, this movie is filmed in such a way that it makes it feel like one continuous take, for the most part, which ultimately begs the core actors to deliver the performances of their career. Although I've seen him in great films like Captain Fantastic and Pride, George MacKay never really stood out to me as award-worthy, but I stand corrected. This may very well be the best performance he ever gives, but that's not a negative, because I'll always remember him for this role. Alongside him is Dean-Charles Chapman, who I've also liked in Game of Thrones and Blinded by the Light, so I knew to expect a solid performance from him. With that said, he also delivers one of the better performances I've seen in 2019, simply due to the devotion he has to his character.  Now, this would absolutely be an incomplete review if I forgot to bring up how incredible the technical aspects of this film are. Roger Deakins is basically a god in the cinematography world, so his work astounds me every single time he brings his vision to a project, and 1917 is no exception to that. The way this camera seamlessly follows these actors in and out of small or big sequences was simply astonishing. Layered on top of this jaw-dropping cinematography is the superb score by Thomas Newman. The combination of being swept up in these performances, caring about the story, being impressed by the camerawork, and then finally being moved by how well the music was composed for each scene, I found it very difficult to criticize anything here.  Overall, 1917 deserves a standing ovation for the technical aspects, but I would be remiss if I didn't mention the fact that this movie also wouldn't have been as good as it is without the careful direction by Sam Mendes. Between his work on American Beauty or Skyfall, it should come as no surprise that he would make a great film, but the crew around him took it to another level in my opinion. I was sucked in from start to finish and the two-hour run time flew by. I can't recommend this film enough. Easily one of my favourite films of 2019.
    KJ P Super Reviewer
  • Jan 11, 2020
    1917 is an achievement in immersive filmmaking - with its impressive cinematography, film editing, and set design. It's a near-perfect film - deftly balancing the tension and coldness of war with deep human emotions - but suffers from less-than-stellar dialogue and segments that slow down rather than propel the story.
    Matthew S Super Reviewer

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