All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front ★★★★½

"Be careful what you eat…” That's what my mother said.

The best war film I think I’ve ever seen, All Quiet on the Western Front is an unyielding, gritty, poignant piece that highlights just how great of an atrocity and tragedy the World Wars where. It’s so powerful in its sequences, wasting no second of its run-time with false hope nor forgettable shots. It ravages you until the point of unstoppable tears and genuine gut-wrenches, and just when you think you’re in a moment of refuge, it tears you apart once more; I felt this film to my core. Kammerer is phenomenal, Schuch equally so, but this haunting film shines through its constant atmosphere of apprehension. There is no rest: it’s non-stop fear, action, fighting, death, weaponry, dirt, and brutality. It’s a crime this wasn’t given a cinema release.

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