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Jason Lambright's 1917 review

Posted January 20 into Movies by John Birmingham

I won't get to see this one big screen because of my deadline, but I had been looking forward to Jason's take. His review, like the film, does not disappoint.

Right up front I’d like to say that I’m not a big war movie guy. But if I do go to one, it needs to be historically and physically accurate. Historical accuracy is obvious- uniforms, gear, and scenery needs to be right. But what do I mean by physical accuracy? Allow me to explain. I don’t want to see people acting like clowns when they are supposed to be shot. By the same token, I do not want to see them take round after round and keep functioning.

It doesn’t work that way.

You can read the whole piece at his blog.

11 Responses to ‘Jason Lambright's 1917 review’

she_jedi would have you know...

Posted January 20
That was a top notch review Mr Lambright, you've persuaded me to go see this!

jl asserts...

Posted January 20
No spoilers, but when you do go see it, look at the barbed wire obstacles. Then imagine attacking, rifle in hand, as bullets and shrapnel snap, flutter and whistle by. It is very easy to imagine how an entire generation was lost in those horrid muddy pits.

she_jedi ducks in to say...

Posted January 21
I will, thanks Jason!

she_jedi has opinions thus...

Posted February 3
I finally saw 1917 yesterday; an incredible movie. I was quietly horrified by the barbed wire obstacles, I was watching for them like you advised. When the credits rolled the movie buddy I was with just sat quietly and absorbed everything we'd seen, and we agreed on a quiet 'wow'. Afterwards we went to dinner and raved about it, but it was a truly stunning piece of film, from two people who are not usually big fans of war movies. What I found ironic in hindsight was that navigating the barbed wire was the least eventful part of the movie, but completely chilling to watch.

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Vovchara asserts...

Posted January 23
Mr. Lambright, you are talking my language. Ok, grammatically improved version :)
As I get older, I get increasingly more irritated with Hollywood, where "Rule of Cool" rules supreme, completely overlooking the fact, that Realism is a lot cooler.
Although to be absolutely honest, I would prefer a movie about WW 1.1 or WW 2.1, with a realistic extrapolation of alternate history.

she_jedi ducks in to say...

Posted January 23
Gee if only we had a thoroughly plotted and complete source material to draw upon for a project of this nature....

jason has opinions thus...

Posted January 23
Mr Lambright might just have what you are looking for in terms oF WW1.1

she_jedi swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted January 23
Oh yes, I beta read that one, so good!

Vovchara swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted January 23
Now you are just being mean. Where is it?

she_jedi reckons...

Posted January 24
I think it's still a work in progress, Mr Lambright hasn't mentioned a release date yet :(

jl has opinions thus...

Posted January 24
You are right, she_jedi.

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