With Oscar season shortly around the corner, it’s expected that certain types of films will be released in an attempt to attract that Oscar gold. War dramas are often incredibly popular with the Academy, as seen by various recognizable Oscar nominated (and winning) entries like Saving Private Ryan and Dunkirk. This time the film in question is 1917, a World War I drama coming this holiday season from director Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) and distributed by Universal.
The newly released trailer for 1917 is short and simple, observing its two leads (played by George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman) traveling around the damaged wasteland and chaotic war zones of the first World War. Their mission is to deliver a message that could potentially save 1,600 comrades from a dangerous fate. The stakes of this “do or die? situation are further emphasized by a line from Colin Firth’s character, who warns “Should they fail, it’ll be a massacre.”
This trailer makes 1917 seem incredibly intense, showcasing some of the major aspects of World War I like No Man’s Land. Given how the war movie market tends to be overcrowded with films about World War II, it’s refreshing to see more focus placed on the war that preceded it and its harrowing conditions. Given Mendes’ talent with creating huge action set pieces in the James Bond franchise and even more intimate moments from his smaller films, it looks like 1917 will be an epic and dramatic entry that could certainly receive a ton of Oscar hype.
1917 is set for release on December 25th 2019. Watch the full trailer below: