1917

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Hard-hitting, immersive, and an impressive technical achievement, 1917 captures the trench warfare of World War I with raw, startling immediacy.

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At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield (Captain Fantastic's George MacKay) and Blake (Game of Thrones' Dean-Charles Chapman) are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers--Blake's own brother among them.

Cast

George MacKay
as Lance Corporal Schofield
Dean-Charles Chapman
as Lance Corporal Blake
Mark Strong (II)
as Captain Smith
Andrew Scott
as Lieutenant Leslie
Richard Madden
as Lieutenant Joseph Blake
Colin Firth
as General Erinmore
Benedict Cumberbatch
as Colonel Mackenzie
Jamie Parker
as Lieutenant Richards
Nabhaan Rizwan
as Sepoy Jondalar
Adrian Scarborough
as Major Hepburn
Daniel Mays
as Sergeant Sanders
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Critic Reviews for 1917

All Critics (432) | Top Critics (48) | Fresh (385) | Rotten (47)

  • The film is thrilling, moving on effectively from one shocking set piece to another, studding the narrative too with starry cameos.

    January 14, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a tense, unnerving ride that accomplishes its goal of translating the first-person experience of war better than any war movies that have come before it. It's a level up.

    January 14, 2020 | Rating: A | Full Review…
  • From the sole perspective of the filmmaking craft, "1917" is worth a watch.

    January 11, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Full Review…
  • 1917's ambitious gambit soon becomes a double-edged sword: it brings us closer to these men, but sets them apart from the collective experiences it seeks to memorialise.

    January 10, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • If Mendes' film-making has sometimes felt to have not fully outgrown his beginnings in theatre, 1917 is wildly cinematic, a movie that makes you feel the breath of mortality on your neck.

    January 8, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for 1917

  • Mar 25, 2020
    Really a phenomenal achievement wherein a large scale film is based, au contraire, on a simple story: two soldiers during WW1 travel behind enemy lines to deliver a message. What's remarkable is the total immersion into the year 1917, particularly with the performances of the lead actors, conveying the thought processes of what's termed nowadays as "simpler times". Mendes has created a soaring work as well as a historical document encapsulating a different time.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 25, 2020
    There was a lot of hype surrounding this film on release, and it lives up to those expectations. Sam Mendes teams with Deakins to create a non stop thriller set in 1917. Technically speaking, this film is incredible to watch. The journey throughout the war torn country side is unsettling to watch, and those long takes pay off. 1917 always had an ambitious uphill battle, but I'm happy to say it is all worth it. The relatively unknown leads are surrounded by strong character actors in support. This is much in line with Dunkirk, with both Mendes and Nolan rising to fame in the same era. I'm happy this wasn't the best picture for 2019, I feel Parasite was the correct choice, but this is still a great film, just not an instant classic. Time will tell with this and maybe you'll find me eating my words in 10 years time. 24/03/2020
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Feb 21, 2020
    I'm not really one of those guys who gets super into war stuff, with one exception: World War I. Another thing about me, I adore long takes in movies. So 1917, a WWI movie designed to look like it was shot all in one-take, how was I not going to love this thing? It's a very simple story, basically two-guys have to get a message to a place otherwise a lot of people will die. Simple, but effective. Interestingly as well, we really don't know a lot about either of these guys either. Funny thing though, it wasn't until we learned a tiny bit about one of them in the final shots that I even realized this. We still become attached to them in their journey. Perhaps because they're all we have, and we're stuck with them, just as they're stuck with each other. That's not to say there isn't character, there is, but it's just told in a unique way, a way that feels genuine to the wartime setting. It's an unusual form of narrative, and it surprisingly works. On top of that, godamn is this film gorgeous! Every frame is just littered with beauty. Horrible imagery often, but glorious to look it. Takes your breath away in horror and awe all at once. One of the best war films I've ever seen.
    Michael M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 19, 2020
    This film is a wonder in cinematography. Roger Deakins is at his best in this one, and that is really saying something. Sam Mendes does a great job directing, and the actors put on very good performances. The tension and realism are gripping, and everything happening in almost a single shot and almost in real-time makes this movie a fun watch and something to appreciate.
    Sanjay R Super Reviewer

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