1917 Reviews

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January 25, 2020
It's a technically impressive movie, but also an empty and trivial one. [Full review in Portuguese]
January 21, 2020
Everything is monumental, as if the physical and moral devastation of the great war of 14-18 had to be seen through the distorting prism of the representation that Hollywood has provided for years. [Full Review in Spanish]
January 19, 2020
The adventure turns into a grotesque exaggeration of Murphy's Law - anything that can go wrong happens tenfold.
January 17, 2020
The film at times is so overwhelmed by its gimmick and its need to push an almost non-existent narrative, that it sacrifices the connective tissue between the audience to keep upping the ante.
January 17, 2020
Mendes's prowling-camera vision of trench and field warfare offers jolts but never surprise; as Roger Deakin's adaptable camera surges through variously lighted locales, one's suspension of disbelief is dispelled by the photogenic stunt.
January 17, 2020
The video game perspective ends up being highly distracting in this movie. [Full Review in Spanish]
January 16, 2020
Cue awards season. This one's a shoo-in for the Oscars, which can't resist imitation, regurgitation and the great-man theory of bunk history.
January 15, 2020
Attempts to thread the needle of a moving anti-war film in that narrow space between...[war as] thrill ride and the filmic wizardry that, when examined too closely, rings as hollow as a war machine rapped with a wrench.
January 14, 2020
If you've seen our corporal dashing down a battlefield perpendicular to an infantry charge, evading exploding mines and mortars as he goes, you've pretty much seen the extent of its climax.
January 13, 2020
Technical brio, however, cannot redeem all that is callow and crass in Mendes's movie: the dialogue is pure placeholder stuffing, the approach a clumsy collision of the Assassin's Creed video games and Elem Klimov's Come and See...
January 13, 2020
By relying on technique over most everything else, Mendes takes the focus from the characters, where it truly belongs.
January 12, 2020
A rancid propaganda film with video game aesthetics.
January 10, 2020
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."
January 10, 2020
The movie is weakened by two elements. The first is that following Schofield and Blake falters because neither young man is particularly interesting or has a good story backing up his character.
January 10, 2020
We're supposed to spend the entire film/journey with just two British soldiers, but do we really care about them? Nah.
January 9, 2020
Audiences who should be absorbed by the physical challenges inherent in the soldiers' mission are likely to be thinking instead of the technical ones faced by the film-makers.
January 9, 2020
It's a war film for fans of Downton Abbey. As such, it works splendidly. That doesn't make 1917 a great film.
January 9, 2020
1917 is a solemn war movie with popular appeal, the kind of thing that makes award nominations guaranteed. But it's also hollow, lacking the emotional heart that makes the genre more than empty spectacle.
January 8, 2020
Making a hollow spectacle of war is ignoble. Sometimes it's dangerously irresponsible.
January 8, 2020
It's cinema as a VR headset, with all the expressive qualities of the art replaced by a dull literal-mindedness, a quote-unquote immersive trip into unconvincing verisimilitude that makes a lousy substitute for drama.
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