Just when you thought war movies had been treated to every possible interpretation, along comes director Sam Mendes with 1917 to blow that notion out of the water. And the newly released trailer teases the grandeur of Mendes's (American Beauty; Skyfall) latest film.
The movie is an audacious technical experiment that unfolds as one shot, overseen by masterful cinematographer Roger Deakins (who won an Oscar for Blade Runner 2049). What we have, therefore, is a story of conflict that unfolds in real time, more akin to theatre than the conventions of cinema.
The film takes place in the muddy trenches of World War I as two privates are tasked with delivering a message that warns of an impending German ambush. The film is inspired by the experiences of Mendes's grandfather, and stars Pride's George MacKay and Blinded by the Light's Dean-Charles Chapman in the central roles.
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Backing them up is a hefty cast of Brit thesps including Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth, Andrew Scott and Richard Madden. But it seems Mendes and Deakins are the real stars here, vividly depicting time as its own kind of dangerous enemy along with artillery and shells.
There's every chance that Mendes and Deakins will get Oscar recognition for this, especially given the story fuses technical prowess with fact-based heroism that may act as a salve in these emotionally troubled times.
1917 is released on 10th January 2020. Do you think this will land Oscar nominations? Let us know @Cineworld.