Robin Karlsson’s review published on Letterboxd:
As a relatively "cold" film, this one is pretty good.
This is about everything "1917" wished to be. No preconceived assumptions to “All Quiet on the Western Front” and likewise their expressed alignments feels a lot more implicit and moreover one drives mainly on implications. Still, it feels somewhat restricted, which mainly holds this film back I feel like, especially in a peripheral meaning. Not directly in the set gist though, which is what this film, I feel like, are after all chiefly about.
I don't get it. Does this film aim to replicate the first world war, or make their own version of it? It's like they're constantly pending between those two expressed standpoints. Makes this whole picture come forth as comparability unstable and quite thoughtless actually, regardless of having a strong linear framework. But that simply gives evidence how irrelevant the specific thread could indeed be, especially if there is no intent behind it all, namely feeling or suspicion. The latter does "All Quiet on the Western Front" appreciably lack. Everything is kind of forthright and one's emotions do pretty much come into secondary conduct, meaning or relevance.
Having said that, I can't confidently say I either got that invested in this picture or thought that this film was any intriguing per se. They, like most war-themed films, follow a very linear system, in addition aren’t that explicitly interchangeable to begin with. There aren't any novel, imaginative or unorthodox arrangements I feel like and instead one steady, quite rigid, approach. What's more, they don't really exploit their deficiencies in any remarkable way. Instead it just comes across as they solely brush it aside and consequently pass over it all, specifically in a rash, cursory, manner.
In spite of “All Quiet on the Western Front” coming forth as fairly rigid in its nature, they nevertheless have a relatively lax procedure to it, which they moreover keep stipulating all through the feature. That simply makes the viewing more open then it would initially have been.
What I additionally thought was quite neat, would be how this film particularly opens. They show us animals before any humans. Which gives us an indication they, the humans in this film, are pretty much animals by itself. Our literal commencement to mankind in “All Quiet on the Western Front” takes place during a confrontation. We don’t know their disposition, no characteristics, except this raw soldier. Think they opened this feature suitably, with an intuition that pretty much hangs on all though. A remaining response that was chilly perpetuated, regardless of having a slightly cordial invitation between this leading-character and his particular company. Think they consolidate this comradeship with this bitter condition acceptably. Gave nevertheless an individuality both within the film itself, but similarly in a broader picture, that is standing out amongst these scads of war-films.