All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front ★★★★½

While there have been multiple adaptations of All Quiet on the Western Front, this was my first exposure to the classic anti-war story and I was pretty much blown away. This is a powerful, gripping, and intense film with one of the most brutal and realistic depictions of war I've ever seen onscreen. It's an incredibly well-directed feature from Edward Berger with some of the most stunning cinematography I've seen all year and a fantastic and haunting score. Felix Kammerer gives a star-making performance, and the supporting cast is also strong, including a great performance from Daniel Bruhl. I'm pretty bummed that I didn't first witness this movie on the big screen because it would've made for a truly immersive experience, but even watching it at home, I was still captivated from beginning to end. Easily one of the year's best films.

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