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All quiet on the western front (2022) Out on Netflix now.


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Going in now.  I genuinely believe it’s one of the greatest books ever written so I’m going in with high hopes.  I’m a little surprised to see there’s not much hype about it. 

 

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Watched the movie.   It's really good.  

 

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It's different enough from the book to feel like it's own thing.   It's still incredibly bleak, after all this is a story about the guys that didn't come home. There are a couple of sections from the book which are only hinted at in the movie (a whole sub plot about boots, and a French girl) plus a large section which is omitted entirely where Paul goes home on leave and hates it because he's seen some shit and his people back home whose lives were mostly unchanged by the war cannot relate.   
 

I loved the early bits of the movie where the camera is pointing at the Germans even when they are fighting, highlighting that the enemy are some unseen, almost irrelevant, presence because the real enemy are the old men making their children fight each other over some pointless bullshit.   
 

I don't think you can really capture that on film because it's all inner monologue and incandescent rage, so I liked the ‘show, don’t tell’ highlighting the difference between the opulence that the generals and politicians were surrounded by and their isolation from the front line where young men were buried up to their eyeballs in shit and dying. 
 

A couple of the later battle scenes were beautifully shot but felt like they were crowbarred in because some action sequences were expected but the studio and  the ending felt heavy handed with the "fifteen minutes to armistice" angle but I get why they did it because I don't think there's as easy a way of making a couple of the deaths of certain characters feel as impactful as they would in the book where you've got a lot more time to get to know people's names and back stories.   
 

I loved the scene with the French guy in the crater, that was absolutely heart breaking and really well done. 

 

It's an excellent anti war movie, but if you liked it even a little then read the book because the book is a masterpiece. 

 

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On 30/10/2022 at 22:07, Naysonymous said:

Going in now.  I genuinely believe it’s one of the greatest books ever written so I’m going in with high hopes.  I’m a little surprised to see there’s not much hype about it. 

 

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Watched the movie.   It's really good.  

 

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I loved the scene with the French guy in the crater, that was absolutely heart breaking and really well done. 

 

 

 


Great review. And that scene really got to me. I think it’s the most heartbreaking scene I’ve ever seen in a war movie. 

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This was absolutely fabulous. I’m loving seeing it up at the top of Netflix’s most watched because it’s such a powerful piece of filmmaking (and a technical masterpiece at points)…but I do wonder how many people put it in the English VO, the thought makes me shudder.

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As I said in the rate the last film thread, the English dub is 70s porno quality.

 

I thought this was good, but not great. There's a lot to like about it, but I felt like it was spoiled a little by the "anyone who talks about home or what they're doing after the war dies" cliché rearing it's ugly head.

 

I do want to give it another watch, though. Maybe I'll change my opinion then. I also want to read the book now as well.

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Holy shit. I’m glad this has its own thread. Visceral and futile, just how WWI should be played out. Exacerbated by

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the fact we see men still suffering at the time of the Armistice. Rough. 



I’d watch this era over WWII any day. There’s more of a technological innocence about it. Opening scenes of

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doing the fucking laundry is brave, but such an effective and plain way of bringing the loud and heroic looking stuff back down to earth; the practical side of sending people out to die. 


 

The music is horrific. In a good way. Oppressive, and reminded me of sounds made by giant sci-fi creatures such as in War of the Worlds. Which gave a great disjointed uneasiness. 
 

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those Saint-Chamonds came over the brow I literally got goosebumps. Menacing. And the slow death of one man by another one man really helps you come back down to the realism again. No glamour. Just mud and gurgles and eyes left open. 


 

One of my pet hates in television and movies is the inaccurate representation of death. You can’t close someone’s eyes. And they have no light or reflection in them. The skin takes on a pallor almost immediately. People never look attractive or composed.
I’m a nightmare to watch such scenes with as I’m forever yelling “he wouldn’t look like that!” But this had really accurate makeup and special effects, and I enjoyed the immersion immensely. 
 

 

I will look for the book. 

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On 10/11/2022 at 10:27, ZOK said:

This was absolutely fabulous. I’m loving seeing it up at the top of Netflix’s most watched because it’s such a powerful piece of filmmaking (and a technical masterpiece at points)…but I do wonder how many people put it in the English VO, the thought makes me shudder.


Mine came dubbed automatically and I turned it off immediately. You cannot capture and replica the intonation of German with English replacement. It just doesn’t have the same guts at all. 
 

 

As an addition: I recommend watching The Empress series on Netflix. Aunt (by marriage) I think, to Archduke Ferdinand, and a small glimpse into the Austrian power and royal family of those times. It’s a really interesting era of European history, I think, when you have huge powers like Austria and Prussia and the Ottomans. That era also helps explain why Italy joined the Axis powers, which was something that was never really clear to me. 

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I really enjoyed ... well, 'enjoyed' this. Visually it's pretty remarkable, and the lead, Felix Kammerer, is absolutely fantastic.

 

I read the book earlier this year, and it's also outstanding, but there are quite a few significant differences between the two - most notably an episode in the book where the main character gets two weeks leave from the front. He goes home and finds he can't fit in with the normal world at all, while people in shops and bars keeping asking him how close to victory they are and giving him strategic advice. Great bit of contrast. Also the ending of the film is far more stagey and climactic, while the ending of the book is very downbeat and underplayed, and all the more devastating for it in my opinion.

 

If anyone's interested, we did a podcast about this film last week. Sorry, I cringe a bit at the self promotion, but in this case I think it's relevant to the thread...

 

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/all-quiet-on-the-western-front-vs-full-metal-jacket/

or

https://tworeelcinemaclub.com/podcast/

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Finished this last night - needed 2 sittings due to time constraints. 
 

I think it’s one of the most believable, probably the most believable war films I’ve ever watched. The settings, the makeup, everything is just perfect and so immersive. 
 

The almost non-existent soundtrack is supremely effective and well, the whole thing is just heartbreakingly powerful. 
 

Think I’ll watch again this weekend. 

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Just watched this and I think it might be up there with Band of Brothers as a quite incredible piece of film making, full of amazing cinematography, excellent performances and just bleak and harrowing as fuck.

 

Couldn't take my eyes off it - why this hasn't had more hype is beyond me.  I really rated 1917 but IMO this does a much better job of showing the brutality and futility of life on the front line.

 

Superb stuff.

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Incredible film. The mud. Jesus the mud. 
 

The message is loud and clear but that’s to be expected. No real room for subtlety when dealing with this subject matter. “Are these croissants fresh?”

 

I thought the opening was super strong. More grist for the mill. 
 

I note a couple of comments about not having the leave section from the book meant we missed that contrast.  But one of the pervasive thoughts I had throughout the movie was, “How can anyone go back to a normal life after experiencing that?”

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