1917 (2019) (mini-review++)

1917-film-1-800x533(If you’re curious, my review process. It’s also pasted at the end of this post. I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me.)

(***all-purpose SPOILER ALERT*** there may be some in this review)

acting 8

directing 8

effects 9

editing 8

writing 8

SW SCORE: 41

4.1 out of 5

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It’s not that I dislike movies about World War I, World War II, The Civil War, and The Vietnam War. It’s just that I’ve seen so many of them, none of it interests me anymore. Maybe someone will come along with a new angle that will interest me. I get that the photography and editing are best in class. But it’s just a personal slant that I don’t really get that excited about technical accomplishments. Sure, I recognize the influential and high-quality examples. But that’s not what excites me about a movie. Regarding the movie, it reminded me of The Revenant. The photography in both was superb. But it was also the relentless mission of one man or few men against unreasonable odds that both films share. Despite brutal obstacles and horrible losses, these protagonists persevere. It’s a tense movie watching experience but in the end, it’s a rewarding one.

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(1) Shark Wrighter (SW) Score: Based on a sum of 5 sub-scores (acting, directing, writing/story, effects: cinematography &/or animation &/or effects, editing) with 1 being terrible and 10 being terrific.

(2) Octopuses (0-5 , with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)

(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feeling…not that SW score is scientific…but this one is even less so

(4) ++ This optional section includes any incredibly *brilliant observations that don’t fit into simple quantitative slices like the scores and octopuses *(they are likely NOT brilliant)

 

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