All Quiet On The Western Front (2022) Movie Review – A nuanced and honest look at the grim reality of life in the trenches
A nuanced, honest review of the harsh real-life trenches
The German anti-war film “All Quiet on the Western Front” was originally known as “I’m Westen Nichts Neues” and is based on the novel by Erich Maria Remarque. The plot of the film is set in the final moments of World War One, depicting the way war can demoralize soldiers, through the story of the youthful German soldier. In parallel, we follow the story of a diplomat trying to stop the chaos and save a few lives in the process.
Paul Baumer, a naive teenage boy, as well as his two friends Albert and Muller of them, who have fantasized and patriotic thoughts about war, form the protagonists of the story. Paul conceals his age on the papers so that he can be a soldier and defend his nation. Paul and his friends want to battle the frontlines, take over French territories, then finally go home. Unfortunately, when Paul is in an unprepared trench wearing a soldier’s dress The situation becomes direr.
If the soldiers of the future see the horrors of war and witness the devastation first-hand The majesty of the moment goes away. The conditions of all men fighting on the front remain as bleak as they were during the beginning despite the possibility of peace appearing ahead. Once the battle is finished the soldiers lose all the enthusiasm and confidence with which they began.
All Quiet on the Western Front isn’t the first film to portray how horrific war can be. This particular story has been portrayed in films before. In fact, the adaptation of 1930 to All Quiet on the Western Front received an Oscar. The enthralling book about World War I, as adapted by film director Edward Berger, is as thrilling as ever.
Berger’s version of the well-known story is deeply grim. The nuanced and sincere focus on the propaganda, as opposed to the grim reality of life in the trenches, is truly devastating. A particular scene is quite chilling, involving Paul getting his clothes back without realizing that the clothes on his back are actually taken from dead soldiers.
In addition, the film attempts to portray war as a never-ending battlefield of death, complete with re-used uniforms, constant destruction, and endless days of fatigue, hunger as well as trauma, illness, and. We get a glimpse of the way that appearances of courage and bravery are quickly destroyed when the battle reality is revealed. We see how soldiers are just additional components of the machine of war.
The brutality of war aids to avoid celebrating any part of the war. Instead, we focus on the everyday struggles of soldiers. The film serves as an empathetic reminder of the soldiers who perished in battle, on both sides.
The minimal score composed by Volker Bertelmann often feels like an angry, sinister machine. The cinematography is cold and as Paul is working, and is engulfed in a blaze of rage and panic, his face is typically covered in dirt or ash that makes him look mighty due to the effects of an awful conflict.
Kammerer could be a rookie soldier in the film but his character is subtle and unsettling. Baumer isn’t just in over his head, the actor is desperately trying to get his bearings back on the frontline. Every moment is captured with intense pain. The truly remarkable performance highlights the suffering of a soldier in his early years who have to face any threat. Baumer is the center of attention with each passing second, as he distances himself from the man he was once.
The performance of Albrecht Schuch as an experienced soldier with grieving family members is an incredibly rich and more convincing character performance. Albrecht Schuch delivers a riveting performance as the hilariously optimistic Kat the roguish delightful German soldier who is willing to give up everything to protect his fellow soldiers.
Tjaden Stackfleet as well as Edin Hasanovic provide an extra dimension to the film. Between bloodshed and cries, there’s a gorgeous sequence in which the soldiers steal an eagle from the nearby French property, displaying the best soldiers. With stunning cinematography, sound design, and themes of string, All Quiet On The Western Front is among the most impressive war films of the last few years.
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