Sam Mendes’ World War I Epic 1917 is Being Hailed as a Masterpiece

We knew co-writer/director Sam Mendes’ 1917 was going to be special (he wrote the script with Krysty Wilson-Cairns). He’s a director of extraordinary talent who surrounds himself with the same caliber of cast and crew. When we heard that his cinematographer was not only the legendary Roger Deakins but that the film had been conceived to essentially feel like a single continuous shot, we were even more excited.

The story follows two young British soldiers (George MacKay’s Schofield and Dean-Charles Chapman’s Blake) on their mission to deliver a message that could save 1,600 lives during World War I. In the process of trying to deliver the message, Deakins camera follows them across the killing fields of the war in a relentless, harrowing, yet intimate journey.

The Hollywood Reporter‘s Oscar prognosticator Scott Feinberg wrote that 1917 has crashed the Oscars race. This sentiment is being shared by critics far and wide, as well as fellow filmmakers.

Let’s take a brief stroll through some of these reactions:

1917 hits theaters on December 25, 2019.

Featured image: (center) George MacKay as Schofield in “1917,” co-written and directed by Sam Mendes. Photo Credit: François Duhamel / Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures © 2019 Universal Pictures and Storyteller


Bryan Abrams

Bryan Abrams is the Editor-in-chief of The Credits. He's run the site since its launch in 2012. He lives in New York.