All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front ★★

The principle fixation of this movie is lecturing us on the relentless, brutal inhumanity of combat, and if you feel like you’ve seen that before in countless other films, yes, you have. I guess as long as there is war there will be a need for movies like this, shallow and lacking in imagination as many of them might be. But that doesn't mean that they can't show more creativity than this one, or even that they shouldn't try harder to side step many of the predictable ironies that this one shoves down our throats without meaningful thoughtfulness. War is bad, but so is this movie.

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