Sean Mack's movie review: "1917"

Another Oscar contender.

January 13, 2020

The Oscar nominations came out this morning.  Fresh off a Golden Globes win for Best Dramatic Picture, “1917” is considered to be the early Best Picture front-runner.  The World War 1 epic opened as the number one movie at the box office over the weekend, finally dethroning Star Wars at the top spot.

I caught a screening on Friday night.  This is not your normal war film.  The most striking thing about it is the way director Sam Mendes filmed it.  Most movies shoot from multiple angles and cut around from camera to camera.  “1917” doesn’t do that-it feels like you are right along for the ride.  The effect makes the tension build and you never feel like there’s time to take a breath.  It really goes along with the plot of the movie as well as you follow two soldiers as they set off on a life-or-death mission.  There are some other incredible shots in this film that I don’t want to spoil, just know that there are a couple near the end that will make you glad you saw it in the theater as opposed to on a smaller screen.

It’s an excellent film and deserving of all the attention.  I still liked “Parasite” and “Jojo Rabbit” better, but not by much.  It has been an outstanding year for film.

3 ½ stars out of 4