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Bel Hawson, Lochgilphead, ‘Brilliant’: Five Stars

Wow, what can I say? “1917” left me feeling slightly numb and speechless after feeling as though I too were dodging bullets and running through the trenches. The epic single shot, endless filming, was so clever. It was more of a 4D experience, including spending the first 15 minutes feeling seasick due to varifocals, and trying to look around the screen to see everything that was going on. This film is so real, emotive and has absolutely amazing cinematography. The soundtrack is brilliant too, and worth listening too without watching the film.

Tara Livornese, Kinlochleven, ‘Could do better’: Two Stars

1917 started and finished with a journey two young soldiers had to make to stop a battalion making a devastating mistake. However, the first mistake made in the film was by not introducing us to the main characters before they got their orders for this task; I already didn’t care enough about them to see them successfully delivering their message. The film was rather formulaic; a journey from A to B, with obstacles in the way. The tripwire scene was realistic enough, but the next adventure (the plane crash) was utterly preposterous and did not encourage empathy that would have occurred had we been given a reason to support these characters. I laughed aloud at the discovery of the baby – too wedged in to the story to give credence, and whilst the climb over the bodies in the river turned stomachs, it was too late for any sympathy. The inevitable “you’re too late, oh wait, no you’re not” ending could be expected before stepping foot into the cinema. What a shame. The camerawork and scenery was astonishing; the acting was good enough; but the predictability let the whole thing down. 19+17 = 36 out of 100.

Keith Jones, Lochcarron, ‘1917 – Smash Hit’: Five Stars

This was one of the best portrayals of the 1st World War. The realisation and acting was superb. The story and adaptation magnificent. Best picture I’ve seen in a long time.

Lynda Davidson, Glasgow, ‘Reserve Judgement ’till You’ve Seen It’: Five Stars

I’m not going to say much you can watch trailers read professional crits and reviews. All I’ll say is get yourself along to see it if you don’t want to miss a terrific movie.

Joanne Mann, Tarbert, Harris, ‘Trying’: Five Stars

Trying. My review title can be construed as trying as in hard to digest, unenjoyable, difficult to watch, but it is indefinable. Why do we choose to watch something as gruelling as our forebears suffering? I think as long as our generations still ‘Touch’ in memory we have to. My Great Grandfather went ‘Over the top’ aged 28 with four children in 1918. I have read his last letter home. As Sergeant Ernest Friend 2nd battalion Sth Wales Borderers he had to gather up his ‘drunk’ men to lead them and himself to their death. We watch to try to understand. Of course we are watching a fiction, but without the fiction constructed by the Directors, Cinematographers, Scriptwriters amongst others we wouldn’t or couldn’t allow ourselves to imagine the sufferings of these men. There were scenes of amazing courage, but scenes of men in despair and breaking down. All humanity. I am angry that this even happened. Never, ever should we forget. The filmmakers must not let us.

Dawn Chapman, Lochinver, ‘1917’: Five Stars

It was a brilliant film. I was captivated by the film.