I finally got around to watching this movie and was not disappointed. What it lacked in individual character development, was made up for in the sweeping cinematography and the tension caused, in the plot, by the characters being required to deliver a message before thousands of their fellow soldiers were led into a trap.
The incidental sub-plots gave me a sense of realism, as things happen in life to intrude on our "mission", and even more so during a time of warfare. They also help to keep the movie rolling along with a series of action sequences, adding to the urgency of the situation.
1917 was notable for its appearance of being captured as one long shot, and the reason given for this was to emphasis the closeness of the two main characters without having to go into any great depth of character development. It wasn't really shot as one take, however, it just appears that way. To go behind the scenes and take a look what was done to create this effect, take a look at this video...
This ended up being one of my favourite war movies, as it has it all... bumbling leadership, accidental heroism, spectacular scenery and an ending that makes you ponder the meaning of warfare in the long run. Highly recommended: 9/10
April 6th, 1917. As a regiment assembles to wage war deep in enemy territory, two soldiers are assigned to race against time and deliver a message that will stop 1,600 men from walking straight into a deadly trap ... Wikipedia.