1917 wins three Oscars
By Josh Vogt
1917 was absolutely stunning, and it seems the academy agrees, as they awarded the film with the following Oscars: Best Cinematography, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Visual Effects. To win not one, but three Oscars is an astounding feat, and so I simply had to see this movie.
The sound mixing refers to how the team behind the movie blends natural sound, dialogue, music – basically everything that you hear – in order to give the best entertainment. The atmosphere of the movie is so engrossing by sound alone, with music that gets your heart racing, makes you sad, makes you want to jump with joy when something goes well. By the end of the film I was literally at the edge of my seat.
As for the cinematography, every single shot was absolutely beautiful, and the best part was the lack of constant cutting. I’ve seen several movies that think action and suspense means constantly shifting angles and shots around to confuse people, but 1917 was a breath of fresh air. Shots would linger, they would follow people, and they always felt so natural that I forgot there was even a camera there. This added to the sound, which really pulled me into the world these soldiers were living in, to the intensity of their lives.
Visually, the film was also impressive. From the sets to the practical effects, as far as I could tell, there were minimal – if any – computer generated effects (except at one point with some rats, but that’s easily understandable, because it’s difficult to train rats to perform like that). Everything felt so absolutely real, and looked extremely beautiful and tragic at times. Rather than be flashy and cool, the effects were down to earth, gritty, and sometimes discomforting with the war-related scenes. Nevertheless, it was powerful.
All in all, this movie definitely earned the Oscars that it won this year, and I rank it up there among the top ten movies I’ve seen in 2019, which is massive given I don’t often like war films. If you haven’t seen 1917, it is definitely worth the price of theaters and the experience is one you don’t want to miss.