One gimmick I'll always be a sucker for are one shot films. Pretending the film is shot in one continuous take with very little passing of time. 1917 only vividly cuts once. Otherwise, you'd have to pay really close attention or slightly understand cameras to notice the others. This idea is a big decision requiring both the cinematographer and director to pair their visions creating an effortless viewing experience. '1917' is as much Roger Deakins movie as it is Sam Mendes. It won't feel like it's a two hour experience because you spend the whole time with one character, who barely ever leaves the focus of the camera. An intimate relationship is forged between the audience and Lance Corporal Schofield without much dialogue thanks to this effect. With the backdrop of WWI, it proves to be an intense and emotional experience. Celebrated by a wonderful soundtrack from Thomas Newman. Overall, a riveting war film that stands out amongst 2019's great movie line-up.