Is ‘1917’ the Best War Film Since ‘Saving Private Ryan?

Hailed as the best war film since Saving Private Ryan, it seems there’s a new must-see to add to the list…

Critics are going nuts for 1917, with a respectable 8.6/10 on IMDb and 93% on Rotten Tomatoes. Directed by Sam Mendes, the one take rollercoaster is touted as being a huge Oscar contender.

Set in France at the height of WWI, the film follows two young soldiers (played by George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman) as they attempt an impossible mission to deliver a message. The two recruits race against time, crossing enemy territory to deliver the warning and keep a British battalion of 1,600 men from walking into a deadly trap. Check out the trailer above.

War films have long been a regular fixture in Western-cinematography, but 1917 brings something fresh to the scene: it’s shot entirely in one take. Business Insider says “the artistry of how this movie is photographed will be marvelled over for decades to come.“ In addition to the two leads, the film boasts a strong cast with Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Strong, Andrew Scott and Richard Madden all part of the magic.

1917 will hit Australian cinemas on January 9 2020.