All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front ★★★½


We must be thankful that Edward Berger didn't limit himself to copy-paste the original version, because on this occasion it achieves a balanced combination between a crude portrait of the events on the battlefield seen from a soldier's perspective and the agreements that would lead to the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. The action sequences are impressive, worth rewinding again and again to get into the horror of war, and the best thing is that they respect the anti-war message (even if there are too many shots of trees).

However, the visual power comes at a cost, and that's that all the dramatic built and tension surrounding the events is empty. The characters cry, scream, suffer, but the viewer can't fully empathize with them. Also, when the political scenes appear, the pacing slows down and loses the previously seen immersion. It also mutilates a couple of scenes that were vital in the original, the ending being the most affected. Felix Kammerer is on the same level as Lew Ayres, and it shows a different yet familiar face from the same story, but it's far inferior to the 1930's version.

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