“1917” Winning Formula


A war movie with no “A-list” actors beating Star Wars at the box office?


How is that possible? Several analysts opine the reasons for this success, including:

  • winning the Golden Globes for Best Picture and Best Director (most voters were foreigners and film critics, so many could have a dim view of comic book movies);
  • the much touted technical aspects of the film, making you feel like you are on the mission with the main characters (which it does);
  • more adults attending the theater (when I was there, the average age was over 25 (non-scientific observation);
  • war pictures shape the film medium as one of the most consistent genres that combine drama and action; the genre has world-wide interest;
  • it draws talented directors; and
  • had a relatively modest budget (reported to be around $90 million).


About JeffKoeppel

I am a corporate/securities attorney in the Washington, DC area. Prior to joining the firm, I was a Senior Attorney Advisor in the Division of Corporation Finance at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. I am a member of the Bars of the States of Maryland, New York and the District of Columbia. You can also follow this blog on LinkedIn at: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jeffrey-a-koeppel/0/63/5a9
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