‘1917’ Review: An epic and intimate trip through hell
Their trip through hell is epic in scope but powerfully human and intimate in scale. The nightmare landscape of rat-infested death we travel through with them is not endured for the purpose of winning a war or confronting an enemy but simply getting a message through. Mendes’s tale—inspired by his grandfather’s fragmentary stories about being a messenger during the First World War—eschews heavy narrative for its own visual poetry, verse and song. In a sense, “1917” is more of a modern epic poem than a war film. Schofield and Blake are Mendes’ Dante and Virgil. Befitting our post-modern age, however, the heroic deeds “1917” extols have more to do with endurance and terror than glory and courage in battle. [more]
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