1917 is a film that transitions through each scene by conveniently placing objects/characters to have minimal editing. At times 1917 can be illogical and unrealistic when the main protagonist, Will (George MacKay) makes choices while navigating the battlefield.
Sam Mendes and Roger Deakins truly pull off an incredible technical achievement and it’s accompanied by a heart racing score from Thomas Newman. The framing, lighting, cinematography and the one long take built the anticipation for a lacklustre ending. It was stunning to watch, I’m just someone who needs more dialogue, I need an emotional connection to these characters and I just didn’t feel anything for them. The storyline was generic and it felt like a day in the life of a soldier, which is saddening to watch but at the same time, I’ve seen this all before.
The most disappointing aspect of this film was the screenplay. It was very linear and basic. The score is what made me enjoy the movie a bit more, even if the characters were conveniently moving forward on their journey. George MacKay carried the film quite well and the cameos from Colin Firth, Andrew Scott, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch and Richard Madden were the best moments for me.
I truly wanted to like this but I just didn’t care enough for the characters. The screenplay was very bland and no technical aspects can overshadow what’s lacking in a film. It’s not a well rounded film and that’s the only way I can put it. I didn’t love it but I also didn’t hate it either.