Movie Reviews

1917 (2019)

1917-movie-review-poster-2019Director: Sam Mendes

Genre: War, Drama

Runtime: 119 Minutes

Main Cast: George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Mark Strong, Andrew Scott, Richard Madden, Claire Duburcq, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch,

Plot: 1917 is the retelling of a real mission given to two young British soldiers during the First World War, to deliver a message deep within enemy territory to give the order to stop a planned attack which would lead to the death of 1,600 men, as well as one of the soldier’s brother.

My Thoughts: Phew. It’s taken me days to get around to writing down my thoughts on 1917, it’s taken me that long to get over it. War movies aren’t my usual go-to, but I loved Dunkirk (2017) and Hacksaw Ridge (2016) and 1917 is on everyone’s minds right now so I definitely wasn’t going to miss it. I didn’t realise until the day before that it was shot/edited to look like one continuous take, the last time I saw that technique was in Birdman (2014) and it was so, so effective, so I was genuinely really looking forward to it!

Oh boy, though. I mean, you’re really just thrown into the situation with those two soldiers. It’s such an effective way of telling their story. What was so great was that our screen was almost full, so everyone was gasping and jumping at the same moments. Yes, that scene in the bunker with the tripwire? I don’t think I’ve jumped that badly during any actual horror movie. The guy next to me? I swear I saw his arse come out of his seat!

It’s a tough movie on your emotions. It’s no spoiler to say there are moments (one big one in particular) that are quite gut-wrenching, and I definitely needed a hug and a good nights sleep afterwards! I think it’s going to do really well at the BAFTAs next month, my money is on it winning Best Picture but we’ll see!

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Best Bit: The scene set in the town left mostly in ruins was the standout for me, forgive me for not remembering its name. It was stunning, the darkness of the sky with the contrast of the fires? Honestly quite breathtaking. Every fibre of my body was tensed up during that scene, not knowing when a gun was going to be fired, or when someone would leap out from the shadows. I was a nervous wreck!

Worst Bit: That feeling when you remember that everything you just watched actually happened in real life. Also, having to watch a struggling baby crying in a cabinet drawer as a makeshift bed. Anything involving sad babes or children just sets me off now. I’m weak!

Fun Trivia: Over 5,200 feet of trenches were dug for the film (just under one mile).

My Rating: 4 and a half giant rats, twice the size of our British rats!

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TV Shows

Thoughts on Sherlock: The Final Problem

It should be a crime to make a TV series with only 3 episodes per season, let alone having such a painfully long wait in between seasons! Can you believe Sherlock started in 2010? That was 7 years ago, 7! After a 3 year break (not counting the Christmas special in 2016) Season 4 came to our screens on 1st January, and just 15 days later, it’s all over again. What I can’t stop asking though is, is Sherlock over for good?

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Spoilers from here on out, you’ve been warned!

The Sherlock Squad (consisting of myself, my husband, my parents and littlest brother) went last night to our local Showcase cinema to watch The Final Problem. We’ve been so excited for it, we had our tickets booked before Christmas! There’s just something extra special about seeing something like this on the big screen, although we were slightly concerned about how we’d make it without our usual pause breaks for the loo, or biscuits. Cinema goers had an extra 15 minutes of footage, too!

So, whilst trying to prepare myself for what was being set up for a dark episode, I had 2 main questions. What’s the deal with the Holmes sister, Eurus, and just how did Sherlock not recognise her? Is Moriarty back after all, despite how impossible it seems? Thankfully both were answered, and not in the way I expected.

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I have to say, watching the episode at the cinema was such an amazing experience. The screen felt like a gigantic family gathering, with whisperings before it started of what everyone thought would happen, frantically checking the time to see how long we had to go. We were giddy! Our bonus footage was a small documentary with Amanda Abbington discussing her role as Mary and how it all began. It wasn’t as exciting as I’d hoped for, but it was wonderful looking back at clips from the earlier seasons and seeing how things had changed.

And then BOOM. We’re at Mycroft’s place. There’s a creepy faceless doll running around. The portraits on the wall are bleeding. There’s a clown trying to kill him. WHAT. THE. HELL. GUYS. I can’t watch this stuff at home, let alone in the dark. Will not forgive you for that one, Sherlock Holmes.

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Over at Sherrinford, which we now know is the BBC’s Arkham Asylum, we finally get to learn about Eurus, and why Sherlock doesn’t recognise her. Or even remember her existence, in fact. That game she plays with Sherlock, John and Mycroft is one of the most intense things I’ve ever watched. I was frozen in place, shaking, and trying to hide in my jumper all at the same time. Fellow Sherlock and Molly shippers, rejoice? I mean, we’ve been waiting for ‘I love you’ for so long, but did any of us want it to happen that way?!

Onto Moriarty. I should have seen it coming. When Mycroft mentioned he took Euros a Christmas present, I knew straight away he meant Moriarty. So why, why when Queen started playing, did I join the room in a chorus of ‘YES’ when he stepped out that helicopter, just to see the ‘5 years ago’ on the screen and have all my dreams shattered. Major sadface, reporting for duty.

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My heart can’t bear to talk about Redbeard, I didn’t see that twist coming at all. I just. Cannot even. Sherlock cried. I cried. We all cried. Moving swiftly on…

Have we ever had a Sherlock season end what wasn’t a cliffhanger? I really do feel like this is the end, and if it is then it’s a good ending. Maybe we’ll get a Season 5, maybe just a Christmas Special in a couple of years. No, I can’t do it any more. I miss the Baker Street boys already! I need an entire season dedicated to Sherlock and John trying to look after Rosie. I don’t want this to be the end!