All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front ★★★★

The latest Netflix release features a harrowing look at a War that is often forgotten. Set during World War 1, All Quiet on The Western Front is about a 17 year old kid named Paul. He and some of his friends have illusions about being patriots for their countries and thus lie to be able to enlist in the war efforts. Only Paul is sent to fight on the front, and he soon discovers that war is not all that it’s cracked up to be. While I can’t exactly say this is a movie I want to watch again, I will say that it is a very good albeit devastating look at the cost of war and how the men fighting are often looked at as a statistic as opposed to actual people. The performances in this German language film are fantastic across the board and the battle sequences are very bloody, very gruesome, and very compelling. Despite all the gunfights and trench warfare the movie has to offer, it’s the quiet moments that will really resonate. When two men fight each other to the death, only to discover that one they killed had a wife and son at home waiting for them. It’s in those moments where the movie really strikes a chord. The makeup and production design are exceptional as well. These men in the trenches just look like they've literally been through a war which gives the movie an authenticity. Clocking in around 2 and half hours, the movie does have a few moments where I felt it could’ve been trimmed a bit. That being said, this is a dirty, grimy, and visceral look at the battles near the end of the first World War. I feel very comfortable saying that I think this is a movie we’ll be hearing about come Oscar time for best Foreign Language film. It’s worth a watch, but brace yourself for some intense imagery.

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