All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front ★★★½

God, I wish I'd gotten to see this in a theater. The crafts are operating on such a high level the whole time, just an incredible use of makeup, production design, and cinematography. Volker Bertelmann's score lays the groundwork for the harrowing story on display. Cast is very good, Albrecht Schuch is fantastic and Felix Kammerer does so much with a character that come across as so uninteresting and bland. It pulls off the same magic trick that Nolan does with Dunkirk where you just want these guys to get out of this alive, but, in the end, it's all futile. No war film will ever land that type of story quite like Spielberg did, but Berger does give it a good go. Really gripping stuff.

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