1917 (2019)


By Aliah Clark, Reporter

This movie is rated R as it contains violence, gore, and smoking. Please watch under parental guidance if under the age of 17. 

Cast: George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Richard Madden, and Benedict Cumberbatch

Director: Sam Mendes

Synopsis: In this World War 1 movie, two British soldiers- Lance Cpl. Schofield and Lance Cpl. Blake (George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman, respectively)- are given a seemingly impossible task: to cross into enemy territory to deliver a message to the Second Battalion, ordering them to halt the invasion on the Germans that would occur the next morning. Aerial reconnaissance has shown the Germans pulling back from a sector of the Western Front, located in northern France. With the field lines cut, Lance Corporals William Schofield, a veteran of the Somme, and Tom Blake have been given orders to deliver this message to Colonel Mackenzie of the Second Battalion (Benedict Cumberbatch), ordering him to call off the attack that would put 1,600 lives in jeopardy including the life of Tom Blake’s brother, Lieutenant Joseph Blake. 


In the movie “1917”, Sam Mendes brings us a gut-wrenching tale of two acquaintances who are pulled together by the unforgiving forces of war. The two men are tasked with crossing through enemy territory to deliver a message to the Second Battalion that would ultimately save 1,600 lives.

It was evident the amount of work that was put into this movie. The violence was kept to a minimum but not to the extent that it was unrealistic. Due to the lack of constant bloodshed, we as an audience were able to make an emotional connection with these two brave men in the short span of 1 hour and 59 minutes. The level of skill from the cinematographer was unreal, as they made it feel as though the entire movie was one continuous shot. There are only a few moments when we see the camera cut away, otherwise, the rest of the movie was a sequence of a few long, unbroken shots. It was also apparent in this movie that there was a lot of attention given to whom the characters should be played by. The two main actors fit so perfectly with their roles that it was hard to believe that they hadn’t actually lived through the ordeal. 

I personally loved this movie. The twists and turns of the storyline held my attention throughout the whole movie, and the depiction of war was realistic without too much violence. Many movies like to make it as violent as possible to try and get the message across as to how incredibly devastating war is. But in this movie, the director and the screenwriters allowed the audience to view war through different points of view as we are introduced to soldiers from different battalions, how the war impacted the lives of the civilians caught in the middle, and how it impacted Schofield and Blake personally. Like almost every other war movie, it is sure to cause a few tears to be shed; however, don’t let that stop you from watching this incredible movie.