All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front

Paul Baumer and his friends Albert and Muller, egged on by romantic dreams of heroism, voluntarily enlist in the German army. Full of excitement and patriotic fervour, the boys enthusiastically march into a war they believe in. But once on the Western Front, they discover the soul-destroying horror of World War I.

  • Released: 2022-10-07
  • Runtime: 147 minutes
  • Genre: Action, Drama, War
  • Stars: Felix Kammerer, Albrecht Schuch, Aaron Hilmer, Edin Hasanović, Devid Striesow, Daniel Brühl, Moritz Klaus, Sebastian Hülk, Anton von Lucke, Michael Wittenborn, Luc Feit, Andreas Döhler, André Marcon, Tobias Langhoff, Adrian Grünewald, Thibault de Montalembert, Nico Ehrenteit, Wolf Danny Homann, Charles Morillon, Jakob Schmidt, Peter Sikorski, Sascha Nathan, Alexander Schuster, Michael Stange, Joe Weintraub, Daniel Kamen, Markus Tomczyk, Dominikus Weileder, Michael Pitthan
  • Director: Edward Berger
  • WeAreBrainPolice - 2 June 2024
    Good, but misses the point
    I have to question why the title of Remarque's novel was used for this film. I cannot overlook that this is the third film adaptation of All Quiet on the Western Front, and unfortunately the weakest version of the three.

    Disappointingly, this film writes out so much of the source material to such a degree that it threatens the themes central to Remarque's book. Present in the first two adaptations but almost non-existent in the present was the main ensembles' lives before the war. While mundane, these portray their innocence before it was taken away by war. Removed too was when Paul returned home on leave, changed by the war and alienated from his former life. This version seems occupied only by the spectacle and realism they could create in its combat scenes. Horrific sure, but the losses of characters are less impactful when the audience knows far less about them, if anything at all.

    Even more confusing were the decisions to add entirely new scenes. The only purpose of showing the armistice negotiations appears to be to engage in historical revisionism by painting the French as merciless, unreasonable villains driven by revenge and the German ambassadors as desperate peacemakers concerned with limiting bloodshed. It was also deemed necessary for whatever reason to have not one but two scenes of stealing food from a French farm, the second including an emotionless child that apparently had less qualms with killing that veteran soldiers. In one act of irreverence to the source material, the ending is outright replaced by yet another grandiose action scene. With all these revisions one has to wonder why not just make an original WW1 film if the book it is allegedly adapting is only an afterthought?

    Despite all the critiques directed at how Remarque's work was interpreted-or in this case misinterpreted-here, the film did at least have engaging fight scenes. The action looked gritty and authentic to WW1. They succeeded in at least not glorifying war and death. Cast member went above and beyond in invoking terror and hopelessness by their verbal and physical acting talents. Had this been made apart from All Quiet on the Western Front, comparisons would be unnecessary and I would have far less qualms with it. But it was not and I just cannot place this above two far superior films and the book itself.
  • cknorton-82131 - 17 March 2024
    A man is born alone, he lives alone, and dies alone.
    Overall: 8.93

    A beautiful looking, visually captivating, and dreadfully enthralling war movie. The film makes a point from the opening of depicting the cyclical nature of life and war. It also lets you know you are in for a tough watch. Everything is top notch from the battlefield design, costumes, prosthetics, visual effects, editing and the unique deeply unnerving and effecting score. This is cinema and World War I storytelling at some of its finest. What takes the film a step further is the setups for brutal twists, the excellent behind the scenes look at politics during that time, the constant reconnecting of thematic elements, scenes that make you relate to humanity in war, and all to a finale which does stamp itself as one of the better anti-war movies made. Hard to watch, but it should be, and masterfully done.

    Top Genres - War, History, Action, Drama Fiction/Nonfiction - Fiction Runtime - 2:28

    Genre(s) rating -War: 9 -History: 9 -Action: -Drama: 9

    Genre Average Score: 9 Directing: 9 Cinematography/lighting: 9 Story/Narrative: 9 Structure: 8 Dialogue: 9 Score(music): 9 Editing: 9 Acting: 8 Characterization: 9 Mise en Scène/Visual Design: 9 Visual Effects: 10 Costumes/Makeup: 10 Lasting Impact: 9 Originality: 8

    Overall: 8.93

    Setting, Conflict, Character, Dialogue, Theme, Plot, and Climax: A

    Audience Engagement (do you feel runtime): No.