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."
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.
‘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. pic.twitter.com/qCrdquwdqC— edgarwright (@edgarwright) November 17, 2019
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. #1917Moviepic.twitter.com/HpIG2LOKrL— Scott Menzel (@TheOtherScottM) November 24, 2019
#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. pic.twitter.com/5DCH5iXAR3— International Film Critique (@IntFilmCritique) November 23, 2019
The last time I saw an entire movie theater completely astonished and awestruck by a film was Alfonso Cuaron's GRAVITY. And before that, Ang Lee's Life of Pi.— International Film Critique (@IntFilmCritique) November 23, 2019
Tonight, I saw that that singular blast of astonishment unfold again with #1917Movie. Immersive filmmaking at its best. pic.twitter.com/dPVuLoNleF
1917 is stunning! The camera never leaves the characters making for a visceral experience. The performances by George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman are excellent and the score is one of Thomas Newman's best. See it in the biggest, loudest theater you can. #1917Moviepic.twitter.com/YfuayAeUee— Ezra Cubero (See Knives Out!) (@EzraCubero) November 23, 2019
I was at one of the first screenings for #1917Movie today. It is a masterpiece of storytelling and filmmaking. The cinematography, sets, sound, timing will blow you away. The visceral effect was unlike any that I’d experienced in a long time. Must be seen on the big screen.— Kerry Jackson (@kjtv) November 23, 2019
Aaannnndddd that's your frontrunner!— Clayton Davis (@AwardsCircuit) November 23, 2019
'1917' is the best war film since SAVING PRIVATE RYAN. The cinematography of the year. The cinematography of the decade. Thomas Newman's orchestral masterpiece. Sam Mendes gift to cinema...and his family. Every ounce is powerful.#1917Moviepic.twitter.com/EiwCTthAX3
#1917movie is a masterpiece. An AUTHENTIC, gripping and visceral war film that immerses you in a relentless mission of war. You’ll be gasping for air by the end! Mackay and Chapman are revelations with Mendes, Deakins and Newman combining to make @1917 the Best Picture of 2019. pic.twitter.com/c9UIH2kMwn— John Rocha (@TheRochaSays) November 24, 2019
Yeah. #1917Movie is a masterpiece. Just the way it was shot is a triumph on its own.— Beatrice Verhoeven (@bverhoev) November 25, 2019
Just like that, 2019 goes out with a cinematic BANG. Utterly speechless. Sam Mendes has crafted a visceral ode to storytellers the vein of The Odyssey. An absolute triumph & a masterfully immersive journey composed by Roger Deakins. Thomas Newman’s FINEST work. #1917Moviepic.twitter.com/rByVsXESFI— Griffin Schiller (@griffschiller) November 24, 2019
Great reception from the audience at tonight’s NYC #1917Movie launch screening. Strongest ovation during credits went to Rogers Deakins, who was asked what was the film’s hardest challenge, “The first page of the script, where it says it’s all in one shot.”— Daniel Loría (@danyloria) November 24, 2019
#1917Movie is, indeed, a true feat of moviemaking. Mendes’ wartime opus is as personal and intimate as is epic. No-one puts a door wrong in front of, or behind, the camera. It also contains two of the best scenes that will scorched into your memory. A masterclass in cinema. A+. pic.twitter.com/hCUWB3D2As— Simon Thompson (@ShowbizSimon) November 25, 2019
Completely floored by #1917Movie. A staggering, breathless achievement. Each of the seven shots in this film are nothing short of remarkable - you’ll be left gasping for breath before all six distinct, hard cuts to fresh angles. Ballsy to tell a story this way - Mendes nailed it— Ben Mekler (@benmekler) November 25, 2019