New ‘1917’ Trailer Unveils More of the War Masterpiece

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A big new trailer has arrived for 1917, the upcoming war drama from Oscar-winning filmmaker Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty).

It feels like we’ve been waiting ages for the film to open, especially since some of us here at Screen Realm were lucky enough to see it in early December. Did we like it? Well… “1917 is the epitome of cinema,” Glenn wrote in his 5-star review. “It is a sprawling epic of the highest calibre.” Yes, it really is that good.

The war film stars George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman as two soldiers on a mission to deliver a message that could save 1,600 men. It’s stunning, a breathless, utterly immersive film that also serves as a technical marvel – it was shot to appear like an epic long take. The cinematography by the legend that is Roger Deakins (Blade Runner 2049, No Country for Old Men) is absolutely stunning.

There’s not long now. 1917, also starring Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch, Richard Madden, and Andrew Scott, will open in limited US cinemas on Christmas Day before going wide on January 10. The film arrives in Australia on January 16.

At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield (Captain Fantastic’s George MacKay) and Blake (Game of Thrones’ Dean-Charles Chapman) are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers—Blake’s own brother among them.

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