1917 is a british war film based in part on an account told to Sam Mendes by his paternal grandfather, Alfred Mendes. The film is directed, co-written and produced by Sam Mendes. The film has George Mackay and Dean-Charles Chapman, with Mark Strong, Andrew Scott, Richard Madden, Claire Duburcq, Colin Firth and Benedict Cumverbatch in supporting roles.
1917 had received ten nominations at the Academy Awards and later won for the Best Cinematography , Best sound mixing, and Best visual effects. It also received three nominations at the Golden Globe Awards and won the two awards for Best motion picture-Drama and Best Director. It also received eight nominations at the British Academy Film Awards , winning seven awards for Best film, Best Director, and Outstanding British Film. It is regarded by the National Board of Review and The American Film Institute as one of the top ten films of the year.
The movie is based on World War 1, when the Germans had pulled back from a sector on the Western Front in France and the British had planned an attack on the retreating Germans. But aerial intelligence informs that it’s a lie, the Germans will eventually attack the British with artillery. The telephones lines are cut and the two young soldiers have to take the journey to hand-deliver the message to call off the attack that could cost the lives of 1600 soldiers including the life of the brother of one of the two soldiers.
The movie was created to look like it was made with a single continuous shot. The camera remains fluid, it shows what the two soldiers see. The music too played a significant role in one of the most powerful scenes . The Wayfaring Stranger, an interlude brings the characters and audiences together in silence emerging from a river and calming that lies at the heart of so many great war movies.