Unfortunately, I went into 1917 knowing about its most unique filmmaking technique, and if you don’t know what it is you should stop reading this and go see the movie, because it is magical. I could totally see 1917 cleaning up at the Oscars because this is a movie for cineasts and filmmakers — an impeccably filmed and edited war movie with a dead-simple story, putting all the focus on Sam Mendes’ direction and Roger Deakins’ cinematography. Presumably anyone who doesn’t know yet that it is filmed to look like one long shot already stopped reading this (because I told them to), and I don’t think the effect has ever looked better. I wish the trailers hadn’t given away one of 1917’s best shots, but even having seen it a dozen times I still caught myself involuntarily leaning forward in my seat, transfixed by the action on screen. On the negative side, the characters are underdeveloped and some of the cameos are distracting (my audience literally laughed at two of them), plus the simple story is a double-edged sword, because the movie never musters the courage to say anything original about war. But the visuals alone are so compelling that I can’t forget them. Recommended.