Sometimes, you hear about a film and you just know that it’s either going to be brilliant or it’s going to be disaster.
Take 1917, for instance. The film is World War I epic and right now, a lot of people are predicting that it’s destined for Oscar glory. I’m one of those people and I’ve said that despite not having seen the film. What we do know about the film sounds intriguing. Apparently, much like Hitchcock’s Rope and Birdman, the film is being put together to appear as if it’s just one, long continuous shot, without any breaks, with the idea being that 1917 is going to an immersive film about the horrors of war. While the film’s two leads are played by unknowns, supporting roles have been taken by Colin Firth, Mark Strong, and Benedict Cumberbatch.
Sounds pretty good, right?
Here’s my concern. The film is being directed by Sam Mendes, who is one of the most pretentious filmmakers of all time. Mendes did brilliant work with Skyfall but have you tried to sit through American Beauty or Away We Go recently?
Anyway, I hope that 1917 lives up to the promise of its premise and that we get the Mendes of Skyfall as opposed to the Mendes of SPECTRE. The trailer looks good and here it is: