The visuals are stunning, but I'm very leery of the apparent plot. Didn't the climax of the "Gallipoli" movie have pretty much exactly the same thing? And the notion that somehow the high command has learned that a planned attack will be walking into a trap and yet be unable to communicate that to the attack force except by a pair of privates blundering across no-man's land seems very far-fetched.
Alas, you hit the mark with those remarks. I was disappointed in what you mentioned, as well as the seeming poor marksmenship that kept our 'heroes' alive too much. But, still, it was visually great and entertaining all the same.
Yes, I understand. Most recent news is the 10 Oscars it's been nominated for! My final volley on its problems is the most obvious. Why didn't they send the message by pigeon - a common practice of the period and numerous birds could of been sent. Okay, send the fellows as backup, but, I still feel there's no excuse in using on the then faster methods available. We also must believe that the unit was out of radio range - simple Morse code would of been much more effective and timely. So, I suppose see it for the beautiful picture of WW 1 warfare and trench designs. We can only hope it doesn't win an Oscar for 'most accurate picture'.
Post by scottwashburn on Jan 19, 2020 14:11:36 GMT
I don't think there was much use of radio between ground units in WWI. Certainly not at the battalion level. But why not drop a message from an airplane? Oh well, I'll stop complaining until I see the movie
Post by scottwashburn on Jan 19, 2020 21:23:50 GMT
Okay! I have seen it and it is excellent! I'm still a little shaky on the basic premise, but the movie is so well executed I don't care. Visually it's stunning. The trenches, the No Man's Land, the endless barbed wire, shell holes, dead bodies and the rats eating them make for an amazing vista. The two lead actors are very appealing and convincing in their roles. Highly recommended!
Saw it tonight, excellent movie. The lack of communications with advancing forces was quite common during the Great War so that aspect of the story didn't bother me at all and my fears of it being a remake of Gallipoli at the end were unfounded. Well worth seeing.
I hope to see it this next week as its still got lots of time slots at the local theater. So maybe it does rate so many Oscar nominations. I forgot the airplane drop message, which was what I was going to say today. Now if someone would push the envelope a little (a lot) and do AQMF movie of the same quality. I also wonder if this is a start of two more to come - Hollywood does 3s you notice - 1916, 1918 ?? Time will tell