All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front ★★★★

This is a harrowing viewing experience as we follow young German volunteers into the trenches in the last days of World War One. It's a fascinating watch counterpointed by the arrogant generals, a good distance from the front, making reckless and foolish decisions that cost many innocent lives.

This is has very high production values and I'm glad I saw it on Netflix as I was able to take a break from the brutality for a short while mid-film and while it would certainly stand up well in the cinema, at nearly two and a half hours long, I did feel it was just a bit too much on occasion.

It certainly sits well alongside Sam Mendes' 1917 and perfectly demonstrates the futility of war from both sides.

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