All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front ★★★★½

After being unexpectedly blown away by the 1930 version of this story, I was looking forward to this one. It also ended up blowing me away and I'm honestly having a hard time deciding which one I prefer. I guess it's just a great story. This version has amazing cinematography throughout, as well as some good costume and set work. Edward Berger's direction is excellent here, especially during the battle sequences, which are brilliantly done. The film is paced very well and has lots of memorable moments and scenes, some of which are quite powerful and hard hitting. Naturally this one is able to show more brutality and carnage than the 1930 film and I also liked that this version was actually done in German. Just a great, great film overall.


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