All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front ★★★★½

All Quiet on the Western Front is one of the most visceral experiences I've had in some time. Given the material its adapting, you know what you're walking into, and yet it's still overwhelming. The filmmaking here by Edward Berger is nothing short of sublime. The cinematography is incredible (one of the best shot films of 2022), but its the sound design and score that's haunting. The editing equally helps render some of the year's most harrowing moments. The tank moment...absolutely shattering.

The film is also noteworthy for its narrative changes from the novel, and of course its Oscar-winning predecessor. Which I loved. The political sparring here gives so much weight to the contradiction of battle and the myopic lack of urgency away from it (Daniel Brühl's character aside).

I think this is easily one one of the very best WWI movies we've ever seen.

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