1917 review

Not since Mad Max: Fury Road has a film so fully embraced the “motion” part of motion pictures. Sam Mendes‘ jaw-dropping, nerve-jangling World War I epic 1917 is designed to look like one extremely long take from start to finish, resulting in a film that almost never sits still. The clock is ticking, and the narrative thrusts the characters forward as if a strong wind is at their backs.

One-take movies are nothing new, and 1917 ran a serious risk of being gimmicky. But Mendes, working with master cinematographer Roger Deakins, uses the single-take concept to fully enhance the narrative. Best of all, the film underscores its technical prowess with a raw, emotional story that finds beauty struggling to push through all the muck and mire. In 1917, war is hell, but it’s a hell you can find your way back from as long as you remember your humanity.

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1917 new york comic-con 2019

The reunion of the Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes with the legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins was enough reason to be excited for the World War I drama 1917. A drama that takes place in one single day, 1917 follows two young British soldiers (Dean Charles Chapman and George MacKay) as they’re given an impossible mission of delivering a message deep into enemy territory to prevent a deadly massacre. But one more element would set this war drama apart from the rest: it is a two-hour movie that will be presented in one unbroken, continuous shot. Through a series of camera trickery and clever cuts, Mendes and Deakins are combining their talents to shoot one of the most ambitious war movies yet.

The duo — alongside producer Pippa Harris, co-writer Krysty Wilson-Cairns, and stars Dean Charles Chapman, George MacKay — seemed almost tranquil at the 1917 New York Comic-Con 2019 panel this Thursday. Here’s what we learned about the upcoming World War I drama.

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1917 trailer new

Sam Mendes takes you back to World War I with 1917, his new epic starring George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Mark Strong, Andrew Scott, Richard Madden, Claire Duburcq, with Colin Firth, and Benedict Cumberbatch. The film follows two British soldiers on a mission to deliver a message that will stop an attack and save thousands of lives. Watch the latest 1917 trailer below.

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1917 featurette

Cinephiles and casual movie-goers alike often go gaga over the idea of scenes, and even entire movies told in one continuous shot. Not only is it a technical achievement, but it also looks pretty darn cool, too. Sam Mendes‘ World War I film 1917 is the latest piece of entertainment to rely on this trick, tellings its entire story in one continuous shot. Of course, the movie wasn’t really shot that way, since that’s virtually impossible. But Mendes, cinematographer Roger Deakins, and more have banded together to make the film seem like it’s unfolding in one very long take. A new 1917 featurette highlights the technique.

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1917 trailer

After two globe-trotting movies with a certain suave spy, Skyfall director Sam Mendes is making his return to the period piece with 1917. A war drama that follows two soldiers in a single day at the height of World War I, 1917 has a stacked cast full of every British actor in existence, including  Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Richard Madden, and Hot Priest himself, Andrew Scott. Watch the 1917 trailer below.

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1917 cast

Make way for British Men: The Movie. No, that’s not actually the name of this new movie, but it may as well be judging by the sheer amount of pale white skin and sharp cheekbones that its cast shares. The film is Sam Mendes‘ latest effort, a World War I drama titled 1917, which takes place on a single day at the height of the Great War. The 1917 cast has just added British heartthrobs young and old to its numbers, including Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Richard Madden.

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1917 movie

Sam Mendes took a few years off from filmmaking following 2015’s James Bond entry Spectre, but now he’s ready to return with 1917. Steven Spielberg‘s Amblin Partners will produce the World War I drama.

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Live-Action Pinocchio Director

Disney’s new mission to remake their entire animated canon in live-action keeps on trucking forward, but one project is moving a little more slowly than others. The live-action take on Pinocchio has lost Academy Award winner Sam Mendes, who was reported to be taking the director’s seat earlier this year.

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Sam Mendes Directing Pinocchio

Disney just keeps tearing through their vault of animated classics in order to bring younger audiences live-action remakes of the movies that their parents fell in love with when they were kids. Beauty and the Beast became a box office sensation this year, and The Lion King, Dumbo, Mulan and Aladdin are marching towards production. Now their remake of Pinnochio is making some progress.

While Pinocchio was announced back in the spring of 2015, news has just surfaced that Skyfall director Sam Mendes is in early talks to direct the remake of the classic 1940 animated film about a woodworker named Geppetto who makes a wish on a falling star for his recently created wooden puppet to become a real boy.

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My Favorite Thing is Monsters adaptation

After spending a few years of exploring James Bond’s personal demons, director Sam Mendes is considering adding another comic book adaptation to his filmography with My Favorite Thing Is Monsters. The director, who previously adapted Road to Perdition for the big screen, is in talks to turn Emil Ferris‘ acclaimed graphic novel into a movie for Sony. The story involves “B-movie horror and pulp monster iconography.”

Below, learn more about the potential My Favorite Thing Is Monsters adaptation.

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