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1917 Review – One of the Best War Films Ever

1917 is now in theaters nationwide, and if you love yourself some realistic World War I era tension, then you owe it to your inner history buff to check this gem of a film out.

You can check out my full review below.

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Hey now fans of war flicks, Matt Heywood here from Entertainment Buddha, yes I’m back reviewing films after a long hiatus to cover The Mandalorian and be lazy.

The word epic isn’t quite large enough to use when describing 1917, which tells a harrowing tale of two British soldiers tasked with crossing enemy lines to prevent a massacre of another division. 

It’s hands down one of the most realistic and in your face war dramas I’ve ever seen, which is due in part to the clever cinematography, which simulates a one shot take for the entire duration. 

This never cutting presentation is what sucks you in and makes you feel as if you’re on the same deadly mission as Corporals Blake and Schofield. The tension it brings is palpable, and you will squirm in your seat due to how tense your innards get while watching these two dash across No Man’s Land and make their way into German territory, never knowing when they may be shot at or hit a booby trap. 

You truly get what has to be the closest silent obersever feel to what life must’ve been like for these soldiers on the front lines of World War 1, which is why 1917 to me, is now the greatest war movie of all time. To me, it’s level of realism and sheer drama rivals, if not exceeds, that of Saving Private Ryan, so I promise you it’s no slouch in the genre.

While the one take cinematography is magical and makes the war action feel more real than ever, I also have to point out the performances of Dean Charles-Chapman and George MacKay, who play the leads. These two grab you from the get go, and instantly make you feel as if you’re watching real soldiers experiencing real emotions during a really shitty period in human history.

1917 may not be perfect, but there isn’t much to bitch about at all, so it still gets a 10 out of 10 review score. I can’t recommend seeing it in theaters enough, because these are the types of films the move going experience was created for. 

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Matt Heywood is the founder and EIC of EntertainmentBuddha.com where he strives to make you a better geek, one post at a time! When he’s not scouring the Internet for interesting nuggets of awesomeness he can be found in his secret lair enjoying the latest and greatest video games, taking pictures of toys, or talking Star Wars on EB’s Star Wars Time podcast show.