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NFT: 1917 (with spoilers)

CMicks3110 : 1/12/2020 8:28 am
I saw it last night and it was masterful. One of, if not, the best war films I have EVER seen. It was uncomfortable, brooding, at times downright scary, but in the end heroic.

The story was fantastic too and was told impeccably. Schofield's character is remarkably nuanced. He was a boy, scared, but also brave and committed to his mission. He HAD to complete. Not just to save the men going into the ambush, but because he had made a commitment to Blake.

In the end, my takeaway was that war is madness. It is an unnecessary tragedy for humanity and the fact that young boys are the ones to fight and die. We should always avoid war if it is possible, these wiped out generations are an absolute abomination of humanity.

I'm not World War I buff, but to think 7 million people died because one man was assassinated is ridiculous.
I can't wait to see it  
Pork Chop : 1/12/2020 3:13 pm : link
but the war would have started with our without F Ferdinand's assassination. The Germans had been working on war plans for years before it actually started, and the national entanglements meant that ANY skirmish would have meant world war.

I like WWI history a lot. If you're at all interested, dedicate 12+ hours to listen to Dan Carlin's podcast series Blueprint for Armageddon. It's fantastic.

I saw it today and  
Rick5 : 1/12/2020 5:15 pm : link
loved it. My grandfather (he died a long time ago) moved to NYC from Germany when he was 7 and subsequently fought against the Germans in WWI. I remember hearing tons of great stories as a kid. I was really looking forward to this movie and it did not disappoint. I would love to see it again.
Earl the goat : 1/12/2020 5:28 pm : link
Great movie. Just got out
I liked it  
Bill L : 1/12/2020 5:36 pm : link
But mostly for the visuals. The camera-work made the movie. For me, if not for that, it would have been meh because I thought it was otherwise pretty thin.

Also, you’re a few hundred yards from a waterway and every single person is en masse facing the other way. No look outs, no guards, no nothing. Please.
RE: I liked it  
bw in dc : 1/12/2020 5:43 pm : link
In comment 14775461 Bill L said:
But mostly for the visuals. The camera-work made the movie. For me, if not for that, it would have been meh because I thought it was otherwise pretty thin.

Felt the same way. Beautifully shot. Solid acting. But something in the story was missing. The end sort of fell apart for me...
The war did not start over the assassination  
HomerJones45 : 1/12/2020 5:58 pm : link
Max Hastings “1914” is a great read. There was much, much more to the start of the war than the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand. Does not make the war any less tragic but it also more than the trite explanation of cause we heard about in school.
Very well done  
weeg in the bronx : 1/12/2020 7:14 pm : link
Saw it today. Whole family left entertained. Tense, sad, uplifting.
Photoguy : 1/12/2020 10:57 pm : link
scored. The music was superb.
The way it was shot is incredible  
armstead98 : 1/12/2020 11:38 pm : link
Mesmerizing, really.

I want to see it again
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