All Quiet on the Western Front does an amazing job at conveying perspective, especially before the protagonist is introduced, but what it excels most at is its use of atmosphere. It’s minimalistic soundtrack hammered into my head the abject cruelty of the war machine. Its turning and churning all done by the elites of each nation at the expense of its citizens. This is far better than 1917 in my opinion and well worth watching for everyone to truly understand how war unfolds.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
What makes great movies so gripping? I would say it’s evoking emotion. Regardless of how technically impeccable a film is, if you don’t feel anything while watching it, it won’t stand the test of time. Dune may or not make it. In a similar adaptation, the Fellowship of the Ring, the movie ends on a cliff hanger. It’s not a bad thing to do that, but when comparing it to Dune, the Fellowship felt like a complete story… where Dune…
I knew it was going to be long for a reason, and the film plays like a novel come to life. If anyone’s read a novel they know slow scenes are bound to be used, for character growth or what-have-you. All in all I thought the portrayal of someone with alcoholism really touched me. The movie is worth seeing for the writing.