1917 | Film Review
1917 is a brilliantly filmed, crafted and very real representation of the horrific conditions of World War I.
George Mackay's performance as Lance Corporal Will Schofield was easy to watch but nothing to praise. However, his character was more enjoyable to watch when he is with Dean-Charles Chapman's Lance Corporal Tom Blake. Their chemistry on-screen together was genuinely enjoyable to watch.
There are great role models through William Schofield as he perseveres and does whatever he can to deliver the message. Additionally, the cinematography and unique 'one-shot' film aspect was very awesome to watch. It sounds like a gimmick but honestly works really well for the film. It engages the audience in a way that I have never experienced in a film before as it made me feel like I was embarking on the adventure as well.
The violence in the film is extreme with dead bodies, explosions, shootouts, stabbings and blood. However, for a War film, it is necessary. The swearing however, was (at times) funny, but mostly not needed and one scene gave me the impression it was used purely for laughs and/or because it had the MA15 rating.
There are somethings I didn't like about this film, however. Firstly, the 'one-shot' aspect of the film worked well (mostly) but after a long while, made me begin to lose interest until the next gun/action sequence. Furthermore, this effect is perfect for the style of film this is, however the pacing is extremely slow and therefore, after a long while, can cause the audience to lose interest.
In conclusion, I did ultimately enjoy 1917 and especially Sam Mendes directing. However, I feel like the pacing is slow and therefore, I don't think i'd watch it again.
This title contains:
Positive role models
Violence & scariness