George MacKay in "1917." 

EDITOR'S NOTE: Anna Vinton is a new blogger for videtteonline.com. She will be writing film reviews as well as providing insight into cinema over the course of this semester.

After picking up two Golden Globe awards and 10 Oscar nominations, I had high hopes for Sam Mendes’ “1917.”

It’s most definitely an entertaining film that I suggest watching, however I don’t believe it is worth all the hype it has received.

The film follows two British soldiers during World War I who are sent on a mission to give a message that could save the lives of 1,600 other soldiers, but they must go through German territory to do so.

The two soldiers, played by George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman, go through quite a few challenges, in which they face many morally tough decisions.

Throughout the film, you may be wondering why the soldiers did, or did not, do certain actions because their poor circumstances could have been a little better. However, that’s exactly what a good film does, it makes you question their actions, but at the same time, it makes you trust that these soldiers are morally sound and trying their best to do what is right despite the situation they are in.

In my opinion, one of the best things about this film is the score. Thomas Newman does a fantastic job of evoking emotion and his big, orchestral music adds something special to quite a few action scenes. Quite frankly, I recommend this film on the score alone.

The one-shot filming style is definitely captivating; it also helps the audience feel the true stress of the race against time the soldiers are facing. These one-shot scenes are the highlight of the film, with the longest one-shot scene clocking in at an astounding nine minutes long.

The effort put into these scenes is mind-blowing and if you do go see this movie, I encourage you to look at the side by side of the scenes edited in the film and the scenes while they are being made.

The reason I say this film is slightly overhyped is because some parts are just a little slow or predictable, but overall it is objectively a great movie that I think everyone should see to appreciate all the effort put into this film.

Rating: 4/5

ANNA VINTON is a political science major at Illinois State University and a blogger for The Vidette. She can be contacted at abvinto@ilstu.edu Follow her on Twitter at @annavinton21

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