Director: Edward Berger
Writer/s: Edward Berger, Lesley Paterson, Ian Stokell, Erich Maria Remarque
Starring: Felix Kammerer, Albrecht Schuch, and more.
The campaign behind “All Quiet on the Western Front” is quite the fascinating one. What started as an international film that stepped into the spotlight via Netflix quickly picked up steam with its high quality imagery and tough to swallow story that many are familiar with. Marking the third film adaptation of the 1928 novel, “All Quiet on the Western Front” (2022) had quite the mountain to climb, and now, it has a chance to reach the pinnacle.
“A young German soldier’s terrifying experiences and distress on the western front during World War I.”
In some ways, this watch was a cheat in my opinion. I know the original is quite revered, I know there have been adaptations in between the original and this one, and now, here we are with the 2022 Oscar Best Picture nominee. With all of that said, I now have only watched the 2022 version, and I will have to reflect my thoughts on that alone. Rest assure, I’ll watch the rest in due time.
“All Quiet on the Western Front” had a reputation prior to me pressing play, and it held up. The production quality of this movie is incredible. It is shot masterfully, the set pieces are immersive and feel gargantuan, and new sound and sight can make you hold your breath in suspense. This is a movie that teleports you onto the film’s battlefield and that is a testament to the crew behind the scenes. Bravo.
Another little tidbit of information I would like to add is that I watched this in German with English subtitles and to prove how immersive and gripping the movie was, I could have easily turned off the subtitles and still hung on every moment.
For the war fans, this is a must-watch. Once again, the production of “All Quiet on the Western Front” is immaculate, and I have no concerns regarding the why’s of it getting its Best Picture nomination. Aside from a handful of emotional and distressing moments, are there any ground-breaking acting performances? Not really. However, while they may be passable performances and a story that we’ve (obviously) seen before, that is all we need to sprinkle on top of the work that went into this project behind the scenes.
Edited by Erica McNatt
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