All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front ★★★★½

Though I haven’t seen the All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) and am unable to compare this film to that, I stand by my opinion that this is the second best WW1/WW2 film I’ve ever seen (first place going to Come & See). Though technically it is a historical drama, it feels like there is no dramatisation here, but instead a modern telling of the same events depicted in the film. It isn’t too much or too less of anything, it’s harrowing but not because it tries to hard to be so, it’s visually gorgeous as well as horrific and has one of the best narratives I have seen. The narrative of this film is able to convey the horrors of WW1 along with a considerable amount of knowledge (much of which was all new to me) without ever feeling like it dragged, was rushed, was melodramatic or not dramatic enough. I’m so surprised Netflix was able to put something so well done out on their platform (that’s made by them). Everyone should watch this.

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