Sudhakar Kumar’s review published on Letterboxd:
This adaptation is a gut-wrenching, uncompromising, and brutal masterpiece.
The filmmaking is spectacular here, with stunning images that will stick in your memory long after it is over. It presents an old story in a new and visceral manner. There are no soaring speeches or gallant heroism here. Soldiers die horrifically for a pointless cause while elites dither.
Filmmaker Edward Berger really nails the aesthetic of All Quiet on the Western Front. It strikes the perfect balance between epic production design and bleak narrative. It is a difficult film to watch, but it's presented in the most visually stunning way. From cinematography to editing, this is a pure filmmaking showcase.
It's not only one of the best films of the year but should also be remembered as one of the greatest war films of all time.