All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front ★★★★

These past two years of grenades can't be shed like an item of clothing. The stench will remain on us forever.

Why I Watched: Germany's short-list entry for this year's Oscar Best International Feature - a sprawling epic war film adapting the best example of the "war is hell" theme that we all had to read in 8th-grade English class.

How It Went: This film lives up to all the hype. Vividly realized, dramatically performed, and filmed with incredible intensity from start to finish. Standing on the shoulders of one of the very first Oscar Best Pictures, this new adaptation of a very familiar novel had a tough hill to climb for justifying its own existence. And boy, does it deliver.

Summing Up: Recommended

Streaming on Netflix.

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