Jonny’s review published on Letterboxd:
While it has been a while since I have seen the 1930’s version of this I do remember it being one of the most stark anti war films ever made.
While normally that would make me hesitant to have it remade, it is over 90 years old so I actually think making a more contemporary version to get its message to modern audiences is a worthwhile endeavour.
From what I can remember the events are slightly different in this one, however the core message is very much the same. Both are bleak and uncompromising in their portrait. I do appreciate how probably the most memorable scene is shared in both of these as he tends to the French soldier he killed in the pit during the retreat. Probably one of the most affecting moments in any war movie ever.
The score and cinematography add a lot to this. They both do their jobs exceptionally well, without overshadowing the actual content of the film, or being too distracting with their flashiness.
Definitely a good example of how to remake a classic.