Joker was criticised for ripping off old classics. So why does 1917 get a pass?
With its showy camerawork, comforting heroism and nostalgia for a noble Britain, Sam Mendes’ film is anything but originalThis year, 1917, the faux one-shot, first world war thriller directed by Sam Mendes, is tipped to join the club of worthy Anglo period drama the Academy likes to reward.
But its success hinges on a certain cultural amnesia which has not affected one of its chief rivals, Joker.Unlike Joker 1917 has been relatively untainted by controversy: it is not a film accused of inciting incels.
The other knock on Joker has been that it is Todd Phillips doing Scorsese karaoke, that it is a facsimile of other, better films.
But the same is true of 1917.
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