Should ‘1917’ Have Won Best Picture?

Last year history was made at The Oscars when South Korean film, Parasite, won Best Picture, becoming the first foreign film to do so. Not long after, my family and I decided to watch it. I was impressed…but I wasn’t moved by the film in ways that Best Picture winners like The Silence of the Lambs or The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King have moved me.

So, we’ve gradually descended down the list of Best Picture nominees, choosing the films we find interesting, and one such film, Golden-Globe winning 1917, was one of them. The movie garnered serious buzz for the win of Best Picture after its win at the Golden Globes but, of course, it would ultimately come second to Parasite.

Well, I just watched 1917 last night and I am torn on whether it should’ve won Best Picture or not.

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Parasite is unlike any movie I’ve seen. With an original story that hits hard in surprising ways and delivers plot twist after plot twist, easily becoming the most riveting foreign film I’ve ever watched, it’s hard to argue its win.

Also, 2019 wasn’t a great year for movies. Just look at The Rise of Skywalker, a film that had been anticipated since people, I included, left the theaters after watching The Force Awakens in 2015. The finale in the Skywalker Saga was less than underwhelming. It was disappointing, ending the year with a sour taste in my mouth.

And with uber-boring films like The Irishman getting Oscar nominations for Best Picture, it just goes to show the level of filmmaking last year compared to previous years. I’m glad to say, 1917 was worth the watch.

Based on the riveting account of Sam Mendes’ grandfather Alfred Mendes, a messenger from Trinidad for the British Army serving on the front lines during World War I, Sam Mendes fabricated a story that brings his grandfather epic tale to life in a stunning fashion.

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For roughly two hours you are sucked into the First World War. There is death and decay, explosions and gunfire, but this isn’t like Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, an action-packed war film that will leave you shaking in your boots from the sheer noise of the action sequences. 1917 is a somewhat softer war film, slowly following a pair of characters through the trenches of war as they seek to deliver a message that could mean the very difference between life and death for nearly two thousand soldiers.

The movie never strives to be an action film which I found very interesting. Instead, it was a well-written story that left me rather impressed at the end.

I’m giving it a solid 4.5 out of 5 stars and 95 out of 100.

So, judging from my enthusiastic appraisal of the movie, should it have won Best Picture? Like I said before, I’m torn.

I personally like 1917 (and Joker for that matter) over Parasite simply as a personal preference but I understand every reason why Parasite won. It was different, it was profound, it was well-directed and very well-written, it was, in a nutshell, a great movie.

1917, however, gripped me more but considering that it feels like something I’ve seen before and that it doesn’t bother to add any real excitement to the story but instead takes its good ol’ time to play out, I’m still awarding Parasite the Best Picture win.

If 1917‘s conclusion had been more moving I think it could’ve won.

What do you think? Do you think 1917 should have won Best Picture? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a spectacular day.

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