lucan’s review published on Letterboxd:
Stanley Kubrick really was one of the few to perfect cinema, and he had spark early on too. Paths of Glory was released in 1957 and through its insanely impressive action, you would never think it was this old. The best of classic cinema are ones that don't remind you of the age but ones that immerse you and make you forget you are living over half a century away from it. Paths of Glory does this, thanks to superb dialogue that will leave your jaw hanging in these battle trenches. The cinematography and editing are definitely mentionable here...because they are visibly perfect - but, everything's perfect in this film to be honest.
I mentioned that the battle scenes were brilliant, but this isn't just war. This is a very detailed study on human behaviour and through the flawless acting and the steady screenwriting, there's absolutely no way it will leave any audience member uninterested in the characters.