1917: The uncut spectacle of excellence is the only film that takes a microscopic view into the human perspective of war. It won’t be wrong to say that 1917 is the best film of the decade
Sam Mendes masterpiece examines the most horrific war in history (World War 1) from the microscopic point of view two soldiers Schofield (GeorgeMacKay) and Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman). The two young boys are on a mission to hand deliver a message (because telephone lines are broke) to stop an assault that aerial reconnaissance has shown will cause the death of 1600 British troops.
This is not just a soldier mission, but in their journey on the mission, the young brave boys take us along the never ending deep trenches filled with mud and rats. They will make us penetrate into the poignant tales of corpses, look into the wounds, insatiable hunger yet a hope of survival. The film celebrates undying human spirit.
The film is silent on the politics of war. It does not take macroscopic view into account. It is rather a human perspective on war. Mendes larger interests is the commoners who are grappling with war.
The cinematography and direction is so impeccable that the film appears to be shot in one shot. Often one is gasping for breath dealing with dazzling shots one after the other. Each shot is so artistically arranged that one remains on the edge of the seat in the entire film. The movie breaks you leaves you hurt but does not leave you. Only few of the films have that profound effect on the audience.
The music of the film does justice to the narrative. It carries unspeakable horror in the melancholy.
The movie has already topped the charts by over performing at box office. It has won 10 nominations for Academy awards. The film, though a late entry due to December release has already become a frontrunner to the most coveted award in the Oscar’s echelon.
If one is planning to watch one movie this week, this must top your pocket list. Alas, who wouldn’t wish to watch the best film of the decade (1917)?