1917 ★★★½

What Deakins was able to pull off here is really impressive, especially Écoust at night being lit by fire and flares. That was stunning. These oners must’ve been very demanding on MacKay and Chapman and yet they gave really natural performances.

The rest of the film felt fairly surface level. This was sold as an experience film and how diegetic sound is used impacts my investment in an “experience” like this one. The music compositions work on their own, but I think they relied on the score too often. At times it deflated the tension and took me out of the experience. These are minor complaints as I was entranced by the technical craft of it, but without much character or plot to latch onto it can become tiring.

Worth a visit to the theater or just watch it on your phone.