All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front ★★★½

Before I begin, yes, I’ve seen the original All Quiet on the Western Front. That said, I saw it nearly five years ago & don’t remember much about it. So it wouldn’t be fair to compare the original to this re-imagination. This is a rock solid film. I found the cinematography to be captivating with the color scheme that was chosen, the camera movement & of course the stylish lighting. The directing was also refreshing. I really liked seeing so many well rounded details of the war. The men handling the politics off the battle field, the men in the trenches, searching for food, recovering dog tags of those that have fallen, etc. The War scenes are visceral, hard hitting & well choreographed. Performances along with the makeup are quite good too. Where this film faltered for myself is the runtime. It’s around 110-115 minutes into the film where I personally thought they should have ended it. Additionally, the synth based score was something that whilst unique, didn’t quite work with the imagery on screen. Still, the sound design itself is great. I’m curious if I’ll come back to this film. Because on one hand, it’s over long. On the other hand, it’s very well crafted & gives a fresh perspective on war. All Quiet on the Western Front comes recommended!
3.75/5 Stars.

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