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Title: Watched 1917
Post by: Baltimore Ed on June 07, 2020, 06:00:37 PM
Watched 1917 the other day. Not a WW1 equipment expert but it looked dead on to me comparing it to film footage from documentaries of The Great War that I’ve seen. The way it was filmed as one seamless shot was a very unique experience and I liked it. I’m sure that it was a real monster to film that way with steady cams being carried and suspended everywhere but no rigging being visible. What a real challenge. But I found the story tedious with a lot of running around and not much action. No Saving Private Ryan, The Pacific or Band of Brothers by any means.
Title: Re: Watched 1917
Post by: Major 2 on June 07, 2020, 08:09:22 PM
tedious ...   that was the word  I was looking for ... ;)
in the vernacular of Filmdom ... rather than two thumbs up ...I'd use ALL thumbs !

I was looking forward to see it.... then I did not so much  :-\

I'll give it ..... it's was just OK

Title: Re: Watched 1917
Post by: Drydock on June 07, 2020, 08:24:03 PM
I thought they got so caught up in minutia that it never occurred to anyone how dumb the premise was.  You don't send runners thru miles of trenchs and no mans land: you go back to brigade headquarters, pick up a phone, call General HQ in the affected sector, and the orders go out from there.  There's also things like motorcycles, aircraft dropped messages, you get the idea.  1817 would have made sense . . .
Title: Re: Watched 1917
Post by: RattlesnakeJack on June 07, 2020, 10:28:07 PM
One of my biggest personal criticisms of this film (and many other recent "historical" stories) is the blatantly obvious pandering to modern "political correctness at the expense of historical correctness" in having mixed races in the units depicted ... something which simply did not happen back then, regardless of whether or not we "like" such facts nowadays.  Depicting the situation differently is "revisionist history".
Title: Re: Watched 1917
Post by: 1961MJS on June 08, 2020, 09:20:13 AM

I agree that the premise was WAY off, but the rest of the movie was well done.  I think that the tedious part was done on purpose and worked out well.  Trench warfare seemed like something that would be EXTREMELY tedious, then you get shot.

Just my $0.02.
Title: Re: Watched 1917
Post by: Dusty Tagalon on June 08, 2020, 05:04:27 PM
I went to it before Covid, one of the worst protrails , no mans land too green, to pristine! Would love to see the the battle map that would have you traversing no mans land, even if there was a loop to traverse, with communications down, wouldn’t you have stayed in the trenches until you are at the closest point to destination? That being said, I liked it.
Title: Re: Watched 1917
Post by: Marshall Mims on June 10, 2020, 03:10:33 PM
The movie was interesting, and I would recommend it to anyone that is prepared to view hand-to-hand combat, or other graphic scenes of war.