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
 Comments
  • Chanandler_Bongg - 13 January 2023
    Gut wrenching, but necessary point of view
    This movie has spotless photography and brilliant editing and score. The art direction should be praised for the amazing work. The costume design is simply spot on and that really helps with immersion.

    Ok, that's enough with the technical stuff, about the story:

    There is a very clear layer of criticism on the impunity of the higher ranks of the military and this movie does get that point across in an agonizing manner, wich makes you feel the anguish and the loss that is being conveyed.

    You are literally on the edge of your seat at every second wishing those people on the screen don't get killed because you really want to see them happy with their families, even though they are fictional characters and have absolutely nothing to do with you.

    Anyways, when a movie makes you feel something, good or bad, you know it's done something right.

    The ending simply made me want to punch the screen and cry myself to sleep thanking God for how lucky I am.

    8.5/10.
  • k_balint - 12 January 2023
    The book had a great influence on me back then, so I'm quiet disappointed now
    I think one of the main problem with the film that they wanted to cram into too many things, too much background information about the war. There are scenes about politics and hackneyed war characters, which I think only interrupts the main plot. (we all know the main story from school, or its 2 min. To read in wikipedia) They even changed the original (book) date of the action to the end of the war - probably to make the deaths and losses feel even more pointless - but I think it was unnecessary.

    The book is a masterpiece, which I would suggest everyone should read, so then hopefully noone would ever feel that war is a nice idea.

    However this film doesn't remind me of that classic except that there are some characters with the same name from the book, but they have almost no resemblance to the original personalities. Which could be ok, if it was conceptual, but unfortunately they just became more shallow, and it was very hard to sympathize with them.

    Althoough the film seems historically authentic (thats why I gave 5 stars), but lacks that dramatical dephtness, which the book has. I know that its a crazy hard task to screen literatures like this, so I shouldn't be too harsh with my critics, but unfortunately I just saw 1917 some days ago, and I have to say, that 1917 is a much more authentic visualisation of the athmosphere of the book "All Quiet on the Western Front" (even though the plot is completely different) than this film with the same title.
  • MattHankinson - 11 January 2023
    A good war film.
    I love war films. This one is one with an anti war message however and I can see how they achieved that. The young lads are going into war laughing, nonchalant and have no idea the terrors they are letting themselves in for.

    My only problem was I watched the dubbed version. It ruined it for me as dubbed versions come across fake. If there is a German version with subtitles I need to watch that.

    Some of the writing annoys me (for example why go back to the farmers yard and try to steal again - gets all the way through the way and gets shot for something like that.)

    It also annoyed me how they portrays being that caked in mud - basically looked like alien creatures!

    There are some iconic moments though - when Paul runs through no man's land and gets shell shocked - very similar to Saving Private Ryan. Also the scene where he kills the German soldier and then tries to save him as he's dying. It's a shame Paul dies just before the armstice but I suppose war isn't all happy endings.

    Overall I enjoyed it, it wasn't as good as I wanted it to be but has some very poignant moments.
  • erickzavaleta - 11 January 2023
    The War Film of 2022
    This year 2022 gave us a great film of the war genre, a German film that shows us the 1st World War from the point of view of the youngest of the German society, narrating the final years of this war.

    We know that this is the 3rd movie based on the German book of the same name (Im Westen nichts Neues). The direction of this film is brilliant, the level of photography is impressive, memorable scenes abound in this film, what a joy it is to appreciate the art that emerges in this story, accompanied by images in beautiful scenery, there are many scenes in which without the need for dialogue transmits from the staging of the characters and the great framing that manages. What I did not like so much is the early change of scenes at the beginning when introducing the characters, that hinders to generate empathy towards them, mostly for those who do not last so long in the film, otherwise I think it was correct the use of the characters, narrating what awaited each one when the end of the war, these points are those that transmit and cause those strong emotions around the end of the 2nd act and the rest of the film.

    It is true that there are parts where the pace slows down so that something unexpected happens, but I think there are scenes that could have been omitted and absolutely nothing would happen, although in general terms I must say that the thread that carries the script is very good.

    There are points that I do not mention such as the soundtrack, the montages they use and more, but it is not something that is different from a war movie.

    The message or reflection that they intend to give us throughout the film fulfills in a great way to have that impact on it, this is a great plus, showing us how the war was from the point of battle as well as the war from the point of the politician, where some died while others sought to gain more for their pride regardless of who were the injured.

    My rating for this movie is 7.81 (3.9/5) which I raise it to 8 because it is a story that besides being good, it is entertaining.
  • UniqueParticle - 10 January 2023
    Truly incredible, I don't why some bashed this it's one of the best war movies ever!
    A visceral brutal journey through the madness of war and and some slower moments mashed in. I like how Daniel Bruhl was in Inglorious Bastards. And this its nice when actors are different war movies. All Quiet on the Western Front reminds me of Saving Private Ryan and a lot of similarities to 1917. The sound design, Cinematography is beautiful, astonishing directing, and worthy of golden globe nomination! Pauls's character goes through a lot I can't imagine what's it is like. There's some of the most grotesque moments for this fairly horrific plenty of calm bits too a well constructed experience all the way through.
  • djordje-grubac-729-800006 - 9 January 2023
    Movie that portraits a war in true light
    Many know Remarque's capital work "All Quiet on the Western Front" from a school. For most generations, this book was marked as "boring", mostly because it's not appropriate for a youth.

    For people who didn't read the book(or forgotten it), plot of the book revolves around Paul Baumer, a young boy that sign ups for German army as volunteer during WW1. In the book are portrayed all horrors of the war that Paul experiences.

    This movie adaptation portrays a war as it should be - gruesome, gory and dirty. At some scenes, you almost can feel the stench of rooting bodies outside of trenches.

    First 13 minutes of movie perfectly portraits a war - I will not spoil this for you - people in a war are expendable resource.

    The second important moment is after 1 hour and 22 minutes - wonderful impression how feelings and view towards an enemy can change when you get it to know better. In fact, this is a problem that generals since down of men are trying to solve - how to remove a single grain of humanity from the enemy, and how to turn own soldiers into emotionlessness killing machines.

    Costumes, environment, ethnics... Almost everything is on point. Personally, I enjoyed that movie was filmed in German language.

    This movie can stand on a par with "Come and see". Definitely must watch.
  • crihancosmin - 8 January 2023
    One of the best anti war movie ever made
    Some call it generic. Some call it not faithful to the book. Some says it's missing the point. This is one of the best antiwar movie that was ever made. All the bad reviews here speaks about the book or the film from 1930. All those reviews are missing the point. The reviewers in question are nothing but stupid americans who only like films about war heroes. I am so angry with the bag reviews. How can this movie have only this rating? Just plain stupid. Just stupid!

    From the beginning to the end it's an enjoyable piece of cinema who really puts you in our character's shoes. You feel the ugly You feel the horror You fell the pain!

    Just disappointed with all the bad reviews. Stupid ...just stupid.
  • li0904426 - 8 January 2023
    The stupidity of War!!
    The movie "All Quiet on the Western Front" is an adaptation of the novel by German Erich Maria Remarque who himself was a veteran of World War I. The movie manages to transpose to the screen the brutality, rudeness, agony, hostility, coldness, and all the terror of war. Directed by Edward Berger, the film tells the story of a group of young German students who voluntarily join World War I expecting heroism but soon regret it when they see the barbarism in the war fields. The film has no heroes, it simply shows the manipulation of authorities in power to drag millions of victims to their deaths in the name of pride, religion, or country.

    It is unimaginable that more than 100 years later, we still witness the same atrocities of a "ridiculous man" like Putin who comfortably sits at his table laden with delicacies while Russians and Ukrainians are tortured and killed. The stupidity of war is clearly depicted in this movie. It's a pity that warmakers shy away from such films.

    The only issue I had with this movie is the sound effect, I guess I didn't get the special suspense sound effect in some scenes.
  • msucalvin - 8 January 2023
    Meh
    Visually it's a good film. The ground and setting you can almost smell it. Not much character building and that sucks cause it's 2.5 hrs of boredom and repetitiveness and flashbacks to the same part of the battle . Which ironically is a lot of combat but I don't want to see boredom in a movie just for the sake of reality. The book is better. Depicts war and irony well but just not well put together. Soundtrack sucks and is outta place at a lot of areas, like almost too modern. So overall not worth the hype. The 1960/ version was better in its own ways. I would never watch this one again, pick something else.
  • luukscholten - 8 January 2023
    Somewhat disappointed
    I watched the 2022 version of Im Westen Nichts Neues yesterday and was kind of disappointed by it. I have only read the book and seen the 1979 version and not the 1930 version, so I can only compare the 2022 version with the book and the 1979 film. Have to say the 1979 version is better, as it is a much more faithful adaptation of the book, and there are several important elements missing from the 2022 film. I think the entire build-up towards going to the front was done much better in the older film. The entire training part was virtually left out of the 2022 film, which is a mistake, especially with the absence of drill sergeant Himmelstoss. Secondly, in the 2022 film the relationship between the squad members is is only very basic, you don't really get to know Paul and his comrades. In the book Katzynski is basically the father figure for the young recruits who protects and guides them and tries his best to keep them alive. In the 2022 film Kat's role is diminished and although he is the squad leader he barely acts like it at times. My third critique on the 2022 film were the deaths of both Paul and Kat. Kat dies in a very silly way, and that takes away from what happens to him in the book which was much more impactful and Paul's death was perfectly done in the 1979 film, but poorly done in the 2022 film I think. Also, I think they made a bad choice by including the whole part with the German delegation doing the peace negotiation with the French, that is not part of the book and distracts from the actual story. Lastly, the end battle in which the deranged German general gives a speech to his tired and demoralized men and orders them to attack one more time is the part that really angered me. It felt a cheap way to end the film. The 2022 film has stunning visuals and sound, but that alone didn't do it for me. Obviously it isn't a bad film, it just falls short of my expectations.
  • griffithxjohnson - 8 January 2023
    Power we've seen before
    Well made & shows the horrors of WWI. A unique perspective that has been overlooked. Brutal & dirty with an awesome score & establishing shots, but it doesn't stand out in this genre.

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    . Well made & shows the horrors of WWI. A unique perspective that has been overlooked. Brutal & dirty with an awesome score & establishing shots, but it doesn't stand out in this genre.

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    . Well made & shows the horrors of WWI. A unique perspective that has been overlooked. Brutal & dirty with an awesome score & establishing shots, but it doesn't stand out in this genre.

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    . Well made & shows the horrors of WWI. A unique perspective that has been overlooked. Brutal & dirty with an awesome score & establishing shots, but it doesn't stand out in this genre.
  • jamesjustice-92 - 7 January 2023
    Im Westen etwas Seltsames
    I have watched the original 1930 movie two times and have read the book as well - and I can't figure out why is this version called also Im Westen nichts Neues when in reality it has almost nothing to do with either the source material or the movie.

    I can't deny, the story is captivating and grabs you by your guts starting the first minutes, and at times it wreches your guts severely with some of its scenes of brutality, bloodshed and downright realism of war but in the end all that's remained from Erich Maria Remark's book is the message of anti-war propaganda and pacifism. It is a fine message - I'm just not fine with the idea of labeling it the same as Remark's body of work. I think should it have been named differently I would have been less critical toward it.

    As long as we're on this page we might as well mention that there's only one main character in this story - Paul Bäumer, with one secondary character - Kat, whereas in the original there were many characters on the stage, each with different personality and morale. The characters themselves were written and portrayed better than what we were given in this "remake" where the two main characters have two lines of background story written about them and all the rest is filled with war battles and negotiations.

    This movie is shot beautifully though and despite the presence of some modern music and instruments the narrative goes smoothly and you feel every single scene and every single emotion on Paul's face. We can almost feel the mud on our body when Paul is in the trenches. Overall it paints a pretty solid picture of what World War One was like and how well propaganda worked to call for all those young men to come and die for their country when in reality they fought for nothing. Nothing new on the Western front is the literal translation of the novel and it gives all there is to know about war: it gives nothing, it gains nothing and it leaves you with nothing inside, dead just like the people who literally died.

    The changed ending doesn't serve right to the movie as well, on top of that it changes the whole concept of the book and its main character. The original was all about camaraderie and brotherhood, those people were in it to help one another, to get through war safely, or at least to try and get home although deep down they knew they wouldn't. This movie does give some feeling of friendship between Paul and Kat but it's barely enough to touch the heart strings.

    This Im Westen nichts Neues is a good war drama that tells us a story of a young boy whose ideas were shattered by the war and he lost a desire to live. Here, I explained the whole movie in one sentence - too simple for the adaptation of Erich Maria Remark's monumental novel, isn't it?
  • allmoviesfan - 7 January 2023
    All Quiet on the Western Front
    The 2022 Netflix adaption of All Quiet on the Western Front - or Im Westen nichts Neues, in Germany - is as bleak a war film as I can remember, full of chilling, memorable sequences of incredible carnage, men being thrown against nearly impregnable enemy fortifications, covered by machine guns and artillery.

    The story, following an idealistic German soldier named Paul during the final days and weeks of the 1914-18 Great War is bleak and unflinchingly horrific on the battlefield (you rarely see the sun), which is a stark contrast to the boardrooms and barracks where officers in bright, unblemished uniforms on both the Germans Allied sides try to figure out what would eventually become the 11 November 1918 Armistice. The Western Front combat scenes are to this point the best and most realistic cinematic treatment of the realities of World War One trench warfare, from the mud to the rats and the constant spectre of death. It was so well done that I genuinely felt sorry for the Germans, seeing the futility of those last few days of the war, when everyone on both sides knew how it was going to end.

    Im Westen nichts Neues is not an easy film to watch but if you want to understand what a generation of men suffered through in France and Belgium during the Firat World War, it is a worthwhile one.
  • mamalisn-82947 - 6 January 2023
    Is being a little true to the original so hard?
    Is this a good movie? Yes it is.

    Is it as good as the book? Not even close.

    Large parts are missing, a lot of meaningful characters and plot lines are missing, the ending is terrible, the actual characters' storylines are different and half the meaning is missing.

    If the name was different, i would have given it a decent, perhaps more than decent, rating. As it is, this is just a movie trying to use the name of a famous book to hype itself.

    There are several mistakes made in the film, but these are not really that important. The fact that it is so far from the actual text is what makes it so bad for me.

    Shame really.