in about 100 words or less
UK /US 119m, Colour,
Director: Sam Mendes; Cast: George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Mark Strong, Andrew Scott, Richard Madden, Claire Duburcq, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch
1917 is an intimate fictional account of two British soldiers during WWI who are given the seemingly impossible task of delivering a message to call off an attack that would likely result in the deaths of 1600 soldiers. Inspired by stories of Mendes’ grandfather, this is a startlingly realistic depiction of the battlefield, notwithstanding the improbability of the specifics of the story. For a superior treatment of The First World War, see Peter Jackson’s 2018 masterpiece “They Shall Not Grow Old” (Klaus Ming January 2020).