All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front ★★★½

Incredibly crafted and executed with classic design that suits the material. It’s perfect for showing in English high school classes. 

I wish I could be more “excited” by it but these story tropes and wartime imagery has been torn apart, visualized, been stolen from, etc…, that none of it feels particularly “new.” It’s well done but it’s an old story. Kinda like John Carter of Mars not being exciting because every element had been ripped off for decades. Same here. A long tracking shot through the trenches? Sorry, can’t get too pumped over that at this point. 

But I did admire it and would happily have as competent an adaptation for other classic stories.

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