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The Best World War 1 Movie: 1917

With today being National Peace Day, I decided to check out a movie that showcases the harsh brutality of war to show why a day of peace is necessary. 1917 (2019) is a movie that takes place during the first World War. George MacKay plays Lance Corporal Schofield, who, along with his friend, Lance Corporal Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman), is tasked to travel over miles of treacherous terrain to deliver a message to a general, telling him to call off an attack. If they don’t reach their goal in time, 1,600 soldiers will run directly into a trap set by the enemy. The best aspect of their acting is how they truly feel like young soldiers. They aren’t equipped to deal with the horrors of war, but are forced into it, and have a difficult time adapting to dealing with it.

Sam Mendes’ film has a notable gimmick: it’s filmed in only one camera shot. Okay, it’s not all one shot, but the usage of a single camera for every scene with the cuts cleverly disguised creates the perception that the entire film is continuous. This creates a fantastic sense of immersion since you are watching the story unfold through one pair of eyes. The movie also centers around a journey, and the single-camera style makes the viewer feel as if they were on the journey themselves, following the main characters along the way. 

George MacKay plays Lance Corporal Schofield, who, along with his friend, Lance Corporal Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman), is tasked to deliver a message. The best aspect of their acting is how they truly feel like young soldiers. They aren’t equipped to deal with the horrors of war, but are forced into it, and have a difficult time dealing with it.

I rate this movie 5/5 stars. I highly recommend watching it to anyone interested in either World War 1 or unique cinematography.

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