To put it simply, Sam Mendes’ 1917 is a masterpiece achievement in filmmaking and without a doubt one of the best war films to ever be made.
Lance Corporals Schofield (George MacKay) and Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman) are on the biggest missions of their young lives. Over 1,500 lives depend on their ability to finish the mission. Without being able to do so, a countless number of British lives could be lost because of walking into a trap. It’s for this reason that General Erinmore (Colin Firth) orders them to find Col. Mackenzie (Benedict Cumberbatch) of the 2nd Devons.
Even when it comes to walking through No Man’s Land, you never know what to expect. For all we know, Blake and Schofield could easily be walking into trap. We don’t know it for sure but because it’s a war, you can always expect something to go wrong.
This is a film that boasts a solid supporting cast. To be fair, most of the stars have blink-and-miss-it cameos. Mark Strong, Colin Firth, and Benedict Cumberbatch are among them. They give it their all despite the limited screen time.
BONUS FEATURES ON 4K ULTRA HD, BLU-RAY, DVD & DIGITAL:
- The Weight of the World: Sam Mendes – Academy Award winner Sam Mendes discusses his personal connection to World War 1.
- Allied Forces: Making 1917 – Learn how the one shot, 360-degree format was executed and the pivotal role Academy Award winner Roger Deakins served in bringing Sam Mendes’ vision to life.
- The Music of 1917 – Composer Thomas Newman and filmmakers discuss the important role of the Academy Award–nominated score.
- In The Trenches – Go behind the scenes with the cast of 1917.
- Recreating History – Filmmakers offer a detailed look at the production design challenges of recreating the First World War.
- Feature Commentary with Director/Co-Writer Sam Mendes
- Feature Commentary with Director of Photography Roger Deakins
DIRECTOR: Sam Mendes
SCREENWRITERS: Sam Mendes & Krysty Wilson-Cairns
CAST: George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Mark Strong, Andrew Scott, Richard Madden, Claire Duburcq, with Colin Firth and Benedict Cumberbatch