Critics and viewers have been praising Netflix’s new World War I film All Quiet on the Western Front and calling for it to be nominated for an Oscar.
The film follows the life of German soldier Paul Bäumer (Felix Kammerer), who, after enlisting in the army with his friends, finds himself confronted with the harrowing realities of war, shattering their hopes of becoming heroes.
Since its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, the drama has garnered critical acclaim and is Germany’s submission for Best International Feature at the 2023 Oscars.
Acclaim: Critics and viewers praised Netflix’s new First World War film All Quiet on the Western Front and demanded it be nominated for an Oscar
Now critics and viewers alike hailed the World War I epic as “one of the greatest war films ever made” as they described it as “absolutely heartbreaking”.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the German-language film earned an impressive Audience Score of 90% while the Tomatometer score from critics was 92%.
Taking to Twitter, overwhelmed viewers praised the film and described it as a “must-see”, before calling for it to be nominated for an Oscar.
Many people compared it to 2019’s war drama 1917 and 2015’s The Revenant, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, insisting it was better than both epics.
Praise: The drama received critical acclaim and is Germany’s submission for Best International Feature at the 2023 Oscars. Pictured: Daniel Brühl in the film
One viewer wrote: ‘Went to see All Quiet on the Western Front today. What an incredible movie.
“Really brilliant, completely heartbreaking, and everything I hoped 1917 would be, but wasn’t.” I feel completely exhausted by this. A must see, even if you are not interested in the First World War.
Another said: All Quiet on the Western Front on Netflix is a masterpiece, probably one of the greatest war movies ever made. If the Oscars don’t care about foreign films, this one should win all the awards.
‘All Quiet on the Western Front is one of the best of 2022. It’s an emotional, stressful, trilling, dark film that pulls no punches,’ a third wrote.
‘This One Should Be Awarded: Critics and viewers hailed the World War I epic as ‘one of the greatest war movies ever made’, as they described it as ‘absolutely heartbreaking”.
Another added: “The direction and cinematography are top notch. That movie is The Revenant + 1917. We need more war movies like this. I can’t recommend enough.
While a fifth gushed: “So we all agree that All Quiet on the Western Front needs a film nomination, right?”
“The most brutal, revolting, artistically beautiful and nihilistic portrayal of violence, slaughter and the darkest aspects of war I have ever seen. The cinematography is phenomenal,” concluded a other.
Elsewhere, critics were quick to praise the powerful war epic, describing it as one of the best war movies ever made.
Impressive: On Rotten Tomatoes, the German-language film earned an impressive Audience Score of 90% while Critics’ Tomatometer score was 92%.
Awards Daily reviewer Mark Johnson described it as a “timeless, international anti-war classic”, praising the film for its “scathing portrayal of the mental terror of war”.
He wrote: “All Quiet on the Western Front is a breathtaking film and a remarkable piece of work.
“It’s not only one of the best movies of the year, but one to remember as one of the greatest war movies of all time.”
Writing for Entertainment Weekly, critic Leah Greenblatt said: “A film that is both aesthetically stunning and full of necessary truths: an anti-war drama that transcends the glamor of propaganda primarily simply because it’s done so clever and indelible.”
Powerful: Critics elsewhere weren’t shy about praising the war epic as they called it one of the best war movies ever made in their rave reviews.
Meanwhile, The Guardian reviewer Peter Bradshaw gave the war epic a generous four-star review and said the whole film was powerfully “flavored with that dark premonition of death”.
“All Quiet on the Western Front is a substantial and serious work, acted with urgency and focus and with battlefield scenes whose digital fabrications are skilfully integrated into the action,” he wrote.
“He never fails to do justice to his subject matter, although he is perhaps aware of his own classic status.”
Synopsis: The film follows the life of German soldier Paul Bäumer (Felix Kammerer), who, after enlisting in the army with his friends, finds himself exposed to the harsh realities of war.
Ben Kenigsberg of The New York Times praised the film’s dramatic opening sequence, which devastatingly shows a clearing lined with corpses, and commented on the incredible cinematography.
“The movie aims to hit you with relentless brutality, and it’s hard not to be shaken by that,” he concluded.
All Quiet on the Western Front is an epic German anti-war film based on the 1929 novel of the same name by Erich Maria Remarque – who was burned by the Nazis when they came to power.
Epic: All Quiet on the Western Front is an epic German anti-war film based on the novel of the same name by Erich Maria Remarque – who was burned by the Nazis when they came to power
It’s a harrowing account of the realities of World War I based on his own experiences in the German military and set largely in the trenches of the Western Front.
The German-language film sees Austrian actor Felix Kammerer play the lead role of Paul Bäumer and it also stars Inglourious Basterds star Daniel Brühl.
The original 1930 adaptation of the novel won two Oscars, for Best Picture and Best Director, and was nominated in two other categories.
The novel also made it to the screen in another Hollywood film in 1979, but the new film marks the first German-language adaptation for the screen.
Devastating: This is a harrowing account of the realities of World War I based on his own experiences in the German military and largely set in the trenches of the Western Front.
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