All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front ★★★★½

Netflix why didn’t you release this fantastic film in cinemas? WHY? “All Quiet on The Western Front” follows a group of young Germans who enlist in World War I after being captivated by slogans of patriotism and honor. What this movie excels in is the writing. It was dark, gritty, and grounded! The film focusing on the miserable lives of these soldiers perfectly captured WW1. Furthermore, the hefty runtime helped the story a lot. The movie takes its time establishing the characters and developing them as well as setting the whole tone of the story. On that thought, I need to mention the mesmerizing cinematography. Wow! The colors and the atmosphere of despair and fear created here added another layer to the story. Felix Kammerer as Paul was excellent. He perfectly portrayed the fear of that innocent and inexperienced soldier on the battlefield. All the supporting cast did a superb job too. What was a feast to my ears was the sublime music. Holy Sh*t! Wow! I can listen to it all day long! Volker Bertelmann did a phenomenal job with the score. It felt fresh, modern, and haunting. Lastly, I have to mention the excellent action sequences. They were brutal! One scene, in particular, was terrifying. You'll know when you see it. Everyone should experience this powerful anti-war film that is excellent!

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