All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front ★★★★

Powerful, powerful stuff. All Quiet on the Western Front has all of the makings of being a perfect war picture. You follow the journey of a 17 year old solider who endures so much despair and tragedy. It’s a very grim film that’s almost from the same cloth as Come and See. It’s shot to perfection with some really beautiful still shots that have anyone in awe. While the long run time could be a turn off for some, I thought this managed the time in excellent fashion. Some folks are burnt out on warm films, and while I understand that, this is a must see movie. Nothing will every top the masterpiece that is Saving Private Ryan, but this has to be up there with Come and See, Platoon, Taegukgi, Apocalypse Now, Full Metal Jacket and The Deer Hunter. This has to be in contention for best foreign film at the Academy Awards.

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