1917 ★★★★½

Enjoyed it just as much (if not moreso) than the first viewing. This is such an intense experience filled with beautiful cinematography. While it is just a little light on characterization, the more important character moments are in the quiet moments. There's a scene where a character is in a truck where soldiers around him are joking around. All while the camera focuses on the shell-shocked character's blank expression as he processes what's happened to him.

The story could be better overall and the movie owes a great deal to war movies that came before (Saving Private Ryan, in particular). But the magic and intricacies of the long takes in this movie are enough to get this ranked very high for me. I am fascinated by what was accomplished here.

Also, the score by Thomas Newman is phenomenal.

Full review: obsessiveviewer.com/2020/01/10/1917-2019/

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