REVIEW : 1917
1917 is easily the best movie I have watched in the first 17 days of 2020. That may not be saying much, since I have just watched five movies in this year till date, but if you were to factor the fact that 1917 has won the best picture award at the Golden Globe awards a few weeks back and is a hot contender for the same award at the forthcoming Oscars, you will attach more weight to my statement in the beginning!
1917 is directed by Sam Mendes. If that name doesn’t quite ring a bell, let me take you back to the James Bond movie SCEPTRE (released in 2016). If you have seen SCEPTRE, then it is highly unlikely that you have forgotten the opening scenes filmed in Mexico City on the occasion of the parade of the Day of the Dead celebrations. If you haven’t seen that or if by chance you have forgotten, please see that opening scene. That’s exactly the feeling you experience for the full two hours when you are watching 1917. And SCEPTRE was directed by Sam Mendes!
1917 is about a single day episode in World War 1, and is the best war movie after DUNKIRK. While most war movies focus on a number of characters, 1917 focuses on just two characters. And as these two make their way through the trenches, the brilliant photography makes you believe that you too are actually in the trenches.
1917 is filmed gorgeously, which is actually an oxymoron, considering that the shots feature mud, slush and the dead for the better part. The weak part of 1917 is the story itself, but that doesn’t deter you from noting the outstanding performances of the two lead actors. Of course, you have the famous Benedict Cumberbatch (rumoured to be playing James Bond after Daniel Craig steps down) playing a role, but you will see more of him in the commercial for MG car and SUV than in the movie!!
You need to watch 1917 on the big screen and preferably on IMAX to get a ringside view of what it meant to be on the war fronts those days!
RATING : 4 out of 5
January 21st, 2020