Capturing the horrors of war throughout, 1917 is like nothing cinema has ever seen. The immersive nature of the way this film was made throws you right into the thick of the action from the beginning to the end.
Written by Elliot Lines
Mendes shot this in a way that makes it seem like it was one long extended take. This is unlike anything you've ever seen, you eagerly anticipate the next turn that the camera takes, not knowing what is round the corner, this adds tension to every step along the journey you are taking with these two men. Throughout you are questioning how this was possible and waiting for that scene that doesn't look quite right, it doesn't come.
Adding to this is a captivating story-line, building on the immersive feeling of this film. The two main characters are played by George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman, taking on these roles and emphasising this story. Where Chapman was at times questionable in his role but overall very good, MacKay was outstanding throughout commanding the screen at each turn you take.
Capturing the depths of war, each scene within this film really shows the terror each and every soldier had to deal with. Every step taken was planned, if you're not 10 steps ahead you would suffer, something in which the film really shows.
Tension is something that is made very prevalent for the duration. This was created in so many different ways, from the camera techniques to the performances, it was clear throughout. But one addition to the film that really takes those depths to a new level was the score, really accompanying each scene perfectly.
Unlike anything you would've seen in the cinema, 1917 follows a journey in which you take with these characters every step of the way. Sam Mendes really has created an unbelievable viewing experience that throws you into the deep end of WWI.