Finally, I movie that I thoroughly enjoyed and actually loved for these 2020 Oscars. The film follows two young soldiers who are tasked with crossing into enemy territory to deliver a message that will save 1600 lives. Dean-Charles Chapman and George MacKay play Lance Corporals Blake and Schofield as they race against time (and the Germans) to relay this message. We don’t see hardly any other actors in this film as the plot line focuses solely on the two soldiers and how I can only imagine trench warfare was during the Great War.
While watching this film (in the theater, on the super screen) I noticed a lot of things that I don’t typically notice in movies. Now, this could be because we were watching on the super screen, but let’s just imagine shall we? I noticed the score first. Some scenes had epic music playing in the background that I absolutely loved – especially during the scene where he’s running and gunfire is going off all around him. I noticed the sound mixing and visual effects, the visual effects were fantastic, but I think the thing that really stood out to be was the production design. Each scene that the soldiers go closer to the “finish line” was a new place, a new design – I especially loved how the crew brought Acouste (excuse me if this spelling is incorrect) to life on screen. In ruins but still seemed realistic for 1917 France (I guess I have no say on what 1917 France looked like, but I believed it!).
The film was nominated for the following Academy Awards:
I thought the acting in this film was adequate, nothing spectacular which is probably why no one was nominated for that category. I do believe that 1917 can win some of the above categories, particularly some of the ones I mentioned earlier in this post. If I had to guess (based off seeing 6 of the 9 best pictures so far) I would say visual effects and production design… at least that’s what I would vote for if I were an Academy Awards judge. I mean… can you imagine crawling over dead bodies and saying goodbye to good soldiers only to keep going just a few moments later?
At the end of the film, it’s mentioned that some of this is based on stories from a former solider in the Great War. Which sparked a conversation between my husband and I about the first World War. So many movies are based on the second, it’s almost like we’ve forgotten the first one even existed. Well, I had to do some research because – frankly – it’s been a long time since I was in high school and the only thing I could remember about that war was the assassination of Franz Ferdinand. As I looked up the history though, it still wasn’t really clear what the purpose of the war was. Just people wanted to rule others I assume, but I’m glad it didn’t last more than a few years and that peace was had until the next war. If you are a historian feel free to comment on my lack of knowledge on the topic.
I loved this movie. I’ll give is 5/5 stars. It was epic and a great war movie. ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩
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