They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn; At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, We will remember them.
1917 is the new World War 1 epic, that is inspired by the first-hand stories from the directors' grandfather. Alfred Mendes, grandfather to Sam Mendes won the Military Medal for bravery as a messenger on the Great War. So more than a century later, the multi-award-winning director of films like Skyfall and American Beauty is bringing the tales to life. Not only does he direct the film, but he also writes and is the co-producer too.
The words “Lest We Forget” are powerful beyond belief. Here's why – the Great War was also known as the war to end all wars for a reason. It is one of the deadliest conflicts in the history of the world, with an estimated loss of life of nearly forty million people. There is no doubt, that this was the human race at it's brutal worst. The wide use of chemicals and the advancement of weaponry meant that there were horrific injuries. For four long years, the war raged on but the events of 1917 became decisive in ending the war.
It is fair to say, there have been countless numbers of war movies made over the years. That's not to say that the viewing public is getting bored with them. Quite the opposite, Dunkirk recently became the highest-grossing war movie of all time taking over $500 million worldwide. So with the centenary of the end of World War 1 passing just last year, the release of 1917 could well see this becoming a huge hit. Put it this way, the trailer had over 11 million views in less than a week.
Let's put this into perspective, here we have one of the best Directors in the business telling a personal story. Which is going to increase his drive somewhat, to say the least. Not only that, but the cast is just incredible. How about this for a list – Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth, Andrew Scott, Richard Madden, Mark Strong, George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman. I can almost hear you thinking, Oscars and to be fair looking at the talent involved it looks to be a fair bet that 1917 will be walking away with a pile of awards.
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The focus appears to be on two messengers who are tasked to go beyond enemy territory to stop a massacre. Dragging the audience into their impossible mission and forcing their horrific experience upon the viewer first hand. This clearly echoes the stories from Sam Mendes's grandfather but would also have been the tale of thousands of other brave messengers too.
The result is, from the brief glimpses we have so far in this first trailer a truly spectacular film indeed. I know for sure that I will be booking a ticket to see this as soon as it hit my local cinema.