1917 ★★★★

Roger Deakins the real star of 1917. His gliding, shifting, snaking, peering, tracking, ducking, diving, dodging, bobbing, weaving, sliding, scooting, whirling, climbing camerawork just sells the experience of being there with a visceral sense of urgency.

That's all ably and stoically supported by quietly impressive performances from the leading duo of Dean-Charles Chapman as Lance Corporal Blake and George MacKay as Lance Corporal Schofield.

Sam Mendes' Great War tribute is a curious blend of very personal circumstance and wowza action spectacle -- a fiery comet in the form of a downed enemy plane and a lethal game of hide and seek in the ruins of a French town being two standout set pieces.