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USA/Großbritannien 2019 - mit George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Mark Strong, Andrew Scott, Richard Madden, Colin Firth ...

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Genre:War Movie, Drama
Regie:Sam Mendes
Produktionsland:USA/Großbritannien 2019
Laufzeit:Ca. 119 min.
FSK:12+ years old
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In the midst of the turmoil of the First World War, the two British soldiers Schofield (George MacKay) and Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman) are given a mission that is almost impossible to accomplish. They only have a few hours to venture unassisted through enemy territory to deliver an important message to another unit that would save the lives of hundreds of their chamberlains, including Blake's brother. It is a mission that repeatedly puts the courage and will to survive of the two young men to the test.

"1917", the latest film by Sam Mendes ("American Beauty", "007 - Skyfall"), is a masterpiece from a craftsmanship point of view alone. In one long shot - there is only one clear cut and two or three "invisible" cuts - the camera follows the mission of the two young soldiers in real time. The viewer squeezes through narrow trenches with the two of them, wades through the mud of the battlefield or is buried in a bunker. The outstanding camera work and the great acting of the actors ensure that the mission of the soldiers is an extremely intense experience for the audience, as is the great work of the set designers and decorators.

Admittedly, dramaturgically the war drama offers rather conventional fare. But through the way it is staged, Mendes is able to build up a tension that, despite a certain predictability, literally pushes you into the cinema chair. The events seem extremely authentic and therefore so intense and oppressive. However, this also has the consequence that the short appearances of well-known actors like Benedict Cumberbatch or Colin Firth rather tear you away from this intensity. They seem more like a gimmick the movie didn't need at all. No question, especially Firth delivers his short appearance with flying colors, but in this case it might have been more effective to cast roles like these with not so well-known faces.

But that's moaning on a very high level, of course. Because all in all "1917" is a great movie that should definitely be seen on the big screen. The film is a masterpiece of all involved. Because a project like this can only work if every aspect is just right. And that is undoubtedly the case here, despite minimal points of criticism. Sam Mendes has created a film that will keep you captivated for a long time after the credits have ended. No wonder that it won the Golden Globe and 10 Oscar nominations. A clear case of: Absolutely worth seeing!

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