All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front ★★★½

I probably should have watched the original film before this. I probably should have read the book before this.

In all honesty, I'd seen this loitering on Netflix's recommendations for a while but had zero interest in watching yet another war film. This doesn't do anything original, doesn't really add anything to the war film genre in general, but what it does do, it does very effectively.

This deservedly got the Oscar for best cinematography; the staging of the action and framing alone are outstanding - but apparently Roger Deakins says we should all be huffing the air out of the overlong, low exposure, amber/black screed that was The Batman's butt. 🤷‍♂️

To be honest, I'm a bit ho-hum about Deakins' and the Oscar's choice: another Batman movie vs. another war movie...regardless of their technical merits; who fucking cares about either of these copy/paste miscreants masquerading as "new" cinema?

Unlike Reddit, I haven't turned on Everything, Everywhere, All at Once. Sure, Jamie Lee Curtis' Oscar was probably undeserved (Hong Chau gave an objectively stronger dramatic performance in The Whale), but I'm glad EEAAO swept the awards - if not for it's technical ingenuity, then for telling a wildly original story.

Something neither this safe bet adaptation nor the latest evolution of the burnt out husk of one of DC's oldest IP's, could ever hope to achieve.

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