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08th May 2024

An exhilarating, Oscar-winning war film has just been added to Netflix

Simon Kelly

Netflix adds 1917

It’s got an impressive 89% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Netflix has once again added another excellent movie to its roster this month, this time making an exhilarating Oscar-winning war film available to stream.

Directed by Sam Mendes, 1917 tells the story of two British soldiers, Will Schofield (George MacKay) and Tom Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman), tasked with a mission to deliver an important message to call off a doomed offensive attack.

Set just after the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line during Operation Alberich, 1917 was inspired by real-life tales told to Mendes by his grandfather, Alfred Mendes, who served in the 1st Battalion, Rifle Brigade, and fought for two years in Flanders.

The film also boasts a strong supporting cast, including Mark Strong, Andrew Scott, Richard Madden, Claire Duburcq, Colin Firth, and Benedict Cumberbatch.

Nominated for 10 Academy Awards upon its release in 2019, the war drama won three – Best Cinematography, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Visual Effects.

The film was also highly praised by critics upon its release, specifically for it one-shot-style cinematography, its tense score and its accurate depictions of trench warfare.

An exhilarating, Oscar-winning war film has just been added to Netflix

If you’re still on the fence about checking out 1917, then have a look below at just a handful of the positive reviews for the 2019 flick.

London Evening Standard – “The film is thrilling, moving on effectively from one shocking set piece to another, studding the narrative too with starry cameos.”

The Observer – “For all the steel-trap visceral efficiency, it’s the more low-key moments that really pack a punch – those moments when we’re confronted with the simple human cost of war.”

The Australian – “I don’t know if 1917 will, over time, become a classic among war movies, but it deserves to be included among the best of them. It’s a cinematic experience that is at the same time exhilarating, nerve-racking and inspirational.”

Rolling Stone – “In one of the best war films of all time, director Sam Mendes brilliantly delivers a story of two WWI soldiers on a mission that’s a stunning technical accomplishment that unfurls as one single take – and a deeply felt tale of heroism under fire.”

Wall Street Journal – “One needn’t be British to feel the epic loss and grief of 1917, thanks to some very committed performances, the intimacy achieved by the movie’s style and camera and Mr. Mendes’s obvious devotion to what he’s doing.”

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