Flash Movie Review: 1917

I WAS FASCINATED WITH IT WHEN I was small, which was the last time I laid eyes on it. Years had passed; where, during this time frame, I became the recipient of a multitude of items from different relatives’ estates. Some were sentimental, others practical and some bordered on being an oddity—at least odd for my lifestyle. I treated each item with the respect it deserved and for the most part could recall a vivid memory I had associated with that item. However, this one particular article was something special because I remembered the relative who owned it. She was a kind and loving soul. There was never a time where she was not happy to see me. Keep in mind, this would apply to any of my relatives because that is how she felt about each and every one of them. She enjoyed being around family. Somewhere in my house I knew I had this piece of jewelry that she wore all the time. Venturing up into my attic I started to tackle each stacked box; I felt I was going back in time with every box I explored. It was not until I was halfway done, after laying hands on so many random non-essential things, I found this small black velvet jewelry case. Inside there it was, a vintage pink colored cameo broach. What made this piece so special to me was the fact the woman depicted in this piece had a resemblance to the woman who wore it.      THE CAMEO WAS COOL TO THE TOUCH as I traced the woman’s profile with my finger. Memories flooded me as I stood in the quiet attic, surrounded by a multitude of discarded or half-forgotten items that were bequeathed to me. Among the items I had unearthed were coats, hats, baseball equipment and dinnerware. None of it stood out for me, though I could for the most part remember the relative who wore or used it. None of them provided the excitement I felt when I found this cameo. My relative loved this piece and wore it as much as possible. Whenever I got to visit with her, she would be wearing it. Throughout our conversations, her hand would quietly rise to allow her extended index finger to trace the profile of the woman in the broach. It was done almost in an absentminded way, as if she did not remember she had done the same thing earlier in our visit. Finding this jewelry in my attic was like finding a lost treasure. I felt the same way about seeing this exquisite, dramatic war film.      WITHIN A SMALL WINDOW OF TIME, two soldiers must travel behind enemy lines and get a message to the commander of a battalion of troops, to halt his planned attack because the enemy was waiting for them. With Dean-Charles Chapman (Before I Go to Sleep, Game of Thrones-TV) as Lance Corporal Blake, George MacKay (Captain Fantastic, Pride) as Lance Corporal Schofield, Daniel Mays (The Bank Job, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) as Sergeant Sanders, Colin Firth (The Command, The King’s Speech) as General Erinmore and Pip Carter (Robin Hood, The Eagle) as Lieutenant Gordon; this film festival winning World War I story had the most brilliant filming I have seen in such a long time. After sitting through an abundance of poor or average pictures, this one grabbed me right from the start. The director worked at making the scenes all look like one continuous shoot; it was amazing…and at times exhausting, in a good way. Where we do not learn much about the characters, we certainly can feel what the actors are going through in the story. There was excitement, danger, thrills, sadness and horror all mixed within the script. I still cannot get over the amount of physical demands the actors had to endure throughout the film. I felt like I was watching a triumphant piece of work that had familiar attachments but seen in a whole new way. There were a few scenes that could be disturbing for some viewers and a few scenes with blood.

 

3 3/4 stars 

About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on January 13, 2020, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. I can feel the energy from the trailer – and the movie sounds good!
    Also – I love the cameo story! Beautiful the way you cherish her and the family member
    ☀️🙏💜

  2. I can’t wait to see this movie! Thank you for sharing💜💜💜

  3. I am contemplating taking my oldest sons to see this at the weekend. I have many family members who died in the trenches and also taught First World War poetry once upon a time so the subject holds interest to me.

  4. Amazing movie. I saw it with my best mate for our combined birthdays and we were blown away by this incredible War Drama. We gave it 4 stars

    • What a great way to celebrate both of your birthdays and with a perfect film. I am thrilled you 2 got into it and appreciated what was done to make it happen. Thank you for your comments.

  5. I saw how they made this film and if you think the actors had to work hard, which they did of course, you should have seen what the crew did to get the shots they did. In some cases they were running backward or alongside the actors to get that “you are there” effect. It took a lot of work and imagination for this piece. I can hardly wait to see the whole thing.

  6. I’m back to report my opinion to you (should you find it of interest) as I saw this movie at the weekend. I absolutely loved it. I was absolutely blown away by the directing and cinematography. The single shot thing could have been a mere gimmick but here it is used to add to the immersive quality of the movie and place the viewer in the movie as if we are participating in the action. I don’t think Deakins’ cinematography has ever been better. There is one moment (and I am sure you know which I mean) that just took my breath away with the lighting and imagery. I found myself reacting quite viscerally to the movie because it did such a superb job of evoking the senses. My sons also really enjoyed this movie.

    • Thank you for letting me know and not giving too much away. It was a visual treat; I loved the intensity it created inside of me. I did read for a couple of scenes they shot 18 seconds worth then had to wait weeks until the sky looked similar so they could complete the scene; isn’t that crazy?!?! Thanks again for telling me.

  7. I absolutely loved this movie, I caught myself a few times not breathing.

  8. Nice review, can I send you mine? You will get a link request shortly

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