All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front β˜…β˜…β˜…

Okay, another technically well-mounted war picture. I would revisit either "Saving Private Ryan" or "Paths of Glory" rather than this one.

The battlefield set-pieces are well-staged with the camera movements and the actors, but I missed the visceral impact from the battles in "SPR." I was more interested during the scenes off the battlefield or that one part with the two opponents in the hole. I can see Felix Kammerer becoming a familiar face for the next handful of years like his co-star Daniel BrΓΌhl was after 2009's "Inglorious Bastards" (Has it really been almost fourteen years since that was released?!). I suppose the movie earns all of its nominations at least in the technical categories, and I see this one as one of the better-directed movies from last year. The musical score is distinctive and memorable, and I prefer the cinematography here over the one-take gimmick in "!917." I don't remember much from my sole viewing of the 1930 adaptation of the story, but I never forgot the conclusion's gut punch which I missed during the 2022's conclusion. I don't feel like typing down much more about this one. There's just too much of a "been there, done that" feeling throughout the flick, well-done as it is.

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