Sam Mendes's World War I movie, 1917, is one of the best war movies I have ever seen. And I am a HUGE war movie fan.
Shot in what looks like one continuous take, the movie grabs you from the start and immerses you in the story.
My wife falls asleep often in movies that don't work. She did not sleep during this entire movie. It was surreal, she said, to watch the story unfold this way.
You follow two young British soldiers — Schofield and Blake — as they go on an almost suicide mission: to get across No Man’s Land with a letter to save 1,600 men from a German ambush.
Blade Runner 2049's cinematographer, Roger Deakins, needs to win all kinds of awards for this.
There are stars like Colin Firth, Mark Strong, and Benedict Cumberbatch playing secondary characters in the film, but they are never used to outshine the story. Instead, you are made to care about the two men on an impossible mission, as you gape at the horrors of the First World War, the "The war to end all wars".
Go watch it in IMAX. It is not in 3D but that screen really works well for this movie.