Christian Janzen’s review published on Letterboxd:
🔙Wendell & Wild🔙
Paul Baumer and his friends Albert and Muller, egged on by romantic dreams of heroism, voluntarily enlist in the German army. Full of excitement and patriotic fervour, the boys enthusiastically march into a war they believe in. But once on the Western Front, they discover the soul-destroying horror of World War I.
Having seen the original All Quiet on the Western Front I can say that this doesn’t quite reach that level of greatness. This is still a phenomenal film and modern adaptation. The way it shows the horrors of war while also respecting it’s soldiers is some of the best I’ve seen in a while. The entire cast was absolutely fantastic. Daniel Beühl was the only one I knew going in and the young cast of soldiers blew me away. The direction by Edward Berger and the cinematography was horrifying and beautiful at the same time which is exactly what it needed to be.
The score got a little overbearing especially in the beginning but as time went on it felt more and more necessary. This film is up there for the best of the year and was executed super well.
2022 - First to Worst