He is best known for his work on the James Bond films Skyfall and Specter, but he is also the director of this war film, which stars the cream of English acting talent in the form of Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth, and Mark Strong in addition to the two main roles played by Dean-Charles Chapman and George MacKay.
The First World War film is probably best known for its technical accomplishments, as the action is captured in real time by master photographer Roger Deakins in a single long take, allowing the audience to witness the conflict firsthand.
To its credit, ‘1917’ is much more than an amusing gimmick; it is a heartwarming story of two young men who must endure a great deal in order to save 1,600 of their fellow countrymen, with the audience acting as an involuntary accomplice.
Parents should be aware that 1917 is an outstanding World War I drama that allows viewers to feel as if they are actually in the trenches on the front lines, which is an excellent way to educate children about the Great War. The screenplay was written by director Sam Mendes, who was inspired by the stories his grandfather told him about his time as a runner in the British Army. In one long tracking shot, the camera follows the young soldiers, giving the impression that you are right in the middle of the action. As a result, everything appears to be very real, and the tension is extremely high. The violence in battle is graphically realistic, and includes shootings, strangulations, stabbings, bombings, and other such acts. Wounded soldiers are covered in blood, have limbs amputated, and are crying out in agony. Soldiers smoke (which is appropriate for the time period), drink, and use foul language (“f—k,” “s—t”). Benedict Cumberbatch and Colin Firth make brief cameo appearances in the film, which also stars George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman as supporting characters.