1917

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

Wow! I liked it so much more the second time. I love love love long shots, but the flimsy “one long shot” of this film really annoys me. Knowing that going in, free from the burden of expectations, I was really able to focus more on performances and story. The story is so much better than I appreciated the first time.

Specifically the death scene. We see two people grapple, in real time, with death. And that’s bookended with scenes that first show the senselessness of war and then show the callousness. There is almost a kind of nihilism, too, when you see the band of soldiers that shows up five minutes too late. Normally I don’t appreciate nihilism, but war can certainly invoke it.