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1917 Movie Review

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  1. KodiakBeer

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    I was disappointed in the LACK of CGI in Dunkirk. There was plenty, but every scene of the city lacked the background of smoke that you see in every single photo taken during the evacuation. Since that background was in nearly every scene, it continued to bother me through the whole movie. At any rate, I don't mind CGI done well. Cecille B. Demille is long gone and you can't dress up 10,000 Spaniards in uniforms and make them march around any more.

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    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Staff Member Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    Did you notice the Spitfire didn't have an engine?
     
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    It did have an extremely long glide ratio, didn't it!;)
     
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    That was characteristic of that model Spitfire, when the engine conked out you could jettison it ;)
     
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    There was a shaft from the prop to the firewall. Don't know how far back from there it went.
     
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    I need to watch Dunkirk again.
     
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    People drove me nuts with that one.

    One guy lives through three days.

    One guy lives through most of a day.

    One guy lives through an hour out of a day.

    Weaving them together seems to have confused a great many people.
     
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    It's funny. I enjoyed the movie and I was not confused by the sequence and plot line at all. My father and brother in law on the other hand have watched it a few times since then and they still get confused by what you stated above. In fact, they don't like the movie for that very reason. I have only seen the film the one time in the theater. I have a difficult time watching an epic film on the small screen after I have seen it. I am just odd I guess. I doubt I will watch 1917 again, though it was remarkable. Becoming old and set in my ways I guess.
     
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    I can't count the number of people who were pouncing on all kinds of "mistakes" the sequences of events caused.
     
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    Yes sir. I remember vividly. The reviews were very unhelpful as well in determining the films worth. If those things really do matter in the end, and to some I think they do. People incapable of viewing and having their own opinion afterwards.
     
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    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Staff Member Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    I ignore critics routinely.

    Proposal to make the perfect audience participation war movie. Lock the audience in a theater for a year. Turn lights on and off randomly. Let them eat whatever they find on the floor. Kill some of them, wound a lot more, and give them all traumas that will be very hard to shake.

    Then, after they're released from the theater, tell them the movie was the first of a series and they already have tickets for the sequels.
     
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    I FINALLY watched this. Like most, I thought the cinematography was top notch. I found some of the quirky little coincidences slightly distracting, but life does have those quirky coincidences, doesn't it? The soldier fills his canteen with milk because of course a hungry soldier would do that, and then he finds the woman and abandoned baby that desperately need milk, so... Coincidence? Yes, but that is exactly the sort of thing that stays with people. The individual events are real anecdotes passed down from veterans through families and then patched into the film. They didn't all happen in one day as in the film, but real events and memories nonetheless.

    A fine film.

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    First time I saw the movie I thought "Is that an Albatross". Finally got my copy. It is an Albatross. An allegorical albatross in fact.
     
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    Oh, I forgot to say, the elephant in the room is the general ordering this mission in the first place. He could have just had a plane fly over them and drop a message. That was a fairly routine thing in WWI. The brass had observation aircraft at their disposal, and in fact the mission is ordered because of the aerial photos the general is looking at.

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    That movie would have been fifteen minutes long.

    The real elephant is he only sent one team.
     
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    I haven't watched 1917 yet. i have not dared.

    The battles in 1917 between the Somme and Passchendaele don't receive much attention. However, the battle of Arras April-May 1917 was the bloodiest for the British Expeditionary Force in terms of casualties per day. 150k casualties over C.40 days. Some episodes were very important for parts of the British Empire - Canadian forces-Vimy Ridge: Australia - The advance to the Hindenburg line and Bullecourt:- Essex Yeomanry and the Newfoundland Regiment: Monchy-le-Preux.

    The operations were unlike most people's expectations of WW1, .Much closer to WW2 Italy. For three weeks from mid March 1917 the Germans withdrew and the British and French advance to contact. The Germans withdrew to a well prepared line - the Hindenburg Line.
     
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    This isn't a mass slaughter movie. It's very personal.
     
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    Another movie ww1 just out is if I recall correctly is '' they never saw home again". Very good.
     
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    Anybody seen "They Shall Not Grow Old"?
     
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    No more unbelievable than the mission in SPR!
     

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