New to On Demand and DVD: 1917

By Stephen Whitty 1917 isn’t just an anti-war film. It’s anti “war film.” Like Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, it looks at a not traditionally heroic moment — a harried evacuation in Nolan’s film; here, a desperate warning not to attack. It features recognizably flawed and frightened characters, and tells their story in a novel, and sometimes challenging, way. And its avoidance of the usual war-movie clichés makes it all the more powerful. Director Sam Mendes has said his film was inspired by stories his grandfather once told him about his own wartime service. Set during some of the darkest days of […]