When it comes to war movies, the likes of Apocolypse Now, Dunkirk, and Saving Private Ryan reign supreme. But it seems there’s a new kid on the block – Sam Mendes’ 1917 is being hailed as the best war film since Saving Private Ryan and has been turning the heads of critics across the globe.
Boasting a stellar cast, including Game of Thrones‘ Dean-Charles Chapman, Kingsman‘s Mark Strong, Sherlock‘s Andrew Scott, and acting legend Benedict Cumberbatch, 1917 chronicles two young men who have to race against time to save a battalion of British soldiers from walking into a deadly trap.
The reviews for the WW1 spectacle are already in and it looks like it’ll be a serious contender at the Oscars, with the near-unanimous acclaim.
Awards Circuit‘s Clayton Davis awarded the movie a particularly glowing review, writing on Twitter: “1917 is the best war film since Saving Private Ryan. The cinematography of the year. The cinematography of the decade. Thomas Newman’s orchestral masterpiece. Sam Mendes’ gift to cinema… and his family. Every ounce is powerful.”
And he wasn’t alone in his view. In fact, several critics have expressed their praise for both the cinematography and the compelling, yet disturbing plot.
“‘This phantasmagoric first world war nightmare from the British director is ambitious and unshakeable storytelling… an amazingly audacious film; as exciting as a heist movie, disturbing as a sci-fi nightmare,” wrote Peter Bradshaw for The Guardian.
Leah Greenblatt from Entertainment Weekly seemed especially impressed by the movie’s gripping story: “effectively drops the viewer in the center of the story and compels them to stay there, fully immersed in every muddy step, hunger pang, and rifle click.”
Currently, the film has earnt a respectable 92 percent rating on the infamously harsh Rotten Tomatoes.
Feeling tempted to watch? Check out the trailer below.
1917 will be heading to theaters on December 25, 2019.