The first reactions to director Sam Mendes' World War I movie, 1917, have now hit social media, and they strongly suggest that it is something very special, indeed. We begin with Cornetto Trilogy and Baby Driver director, Edgar Wright, who praises the film's technical prowess and moving emotional journey.

"1917 is a thrilling, immersive, emotional journey into the heart of war. It's exceptional on a technical level, yet frequently stunning in its simplicity. Sam Mendes & DP Roger Deakin (along with their crew) created a hypnotic cinema experience that is both riveting & moving."
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Next we have Scott Menzel, who describes the film as unique in its way of placing the viewer squarely within the horrors of war that took place on the front lines.

"1917 is not for the faint of heart. An unforgettable anxiety-inducing cinematic roller-coaster ride. Sam Mendes & Roger Deakins have outdone themselves. A truly unique war film that puts the viewer into the war & on the front lines. A must-see on the big screen."

Finally, International Film Critique call the film 'breathtaking' and praise it as being nothing less than 'filmmaking at its utmost best'. Quite the review.

"#1917Movie is a breathtaking achievement only possible with a supremely talented director. Sam Mendes' audacious WWI epic seamlessly combines Deakins' flawless cinematography, Newman's haunting score & a knockout George McKay, proving @1917 is filmmaking at its utmost best. Wow."

There have been whispers that the film would emerge as an awards contender since its very announcement, thanks to the talent both in front of and behind the camera, and with these responses 1917 sweeping up come awards season sounds ever more likely. 1917 has been painstakingly shot and edited to look like one continuous take, and by the sounds of it, all that hard work seems to have certainly paid off.

1917 begins at the height of the First World War in northern France, and follows two young British soldiers, Schofield and Blake, who are given a seemingly impossible mission to deliver a message which will warn of an ambush during one of the skirmishes soon after the German retreat. The two recruits race against time, crossing enemy territory to deliver the warning and keep a British battalion of 1,600 men, which includes Blake's own brother, from walking into a deadly trap. The pair must give it their all to accomplish their mission by surviving the war to end all wars.

Directed by Sam Mendes and written by Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns, (1917} stars George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Mark Strong, Andrew Scott, Richard Madden, Claire Duburcq, with Colin Firth, and Benedict Cumberbatch. The film will have a limited release in December to qualify for an awards run before going wide on January 10, 2020. These reactions come courtesy of Twitter.

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