Critic Consensus: Hard-hitting, immersive, and an impressive technical achievement, 1917 captures the trench warfare of World War I with raw, startling immediacy.
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as Lieutenant Joseph Blake
as General Erinmore
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As a genre piece, I think it's really interesting -- well made and immersive. But as a kind of emotional movie that really pulled me in, I don't know if it did that.
The film is thrilling, moving on effectively from one shocking set piece to another, studding the narrative too with starry cameos.
It's a tense, unnerving ride that accomplishes its goal of translating the first-person experience of war better than any war movies that have come before it. It's a level up.
From the sole perspective of the filmmaking craft, "1917" is worth a watch.
While Mendes didn't shrink from displaying the vivid imagination of a suburban horndog, he's unwilling to face the imagination of the valorous combatants of "1917."
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