All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) – movie review


Somehow a World War 1 film released before World War 2 began managed to come across nearly as camp as it was gritty.

All Quiet on the Western Front is a World War 1 film following a group of students as they enlist in the army with a harty smile only to realise that dying for your country isn’t easy.

When looked back on, All Quiet on the Western Front is a war film that is epic in both scope and theme. It also holds stark realism by depicting war not as a fun adventure from which everyone can benefit, but rather as a dark and cruel time in history in which people were forced to decide over the life and death of others.

However, among all these accolades lies one major flaw that seemingly holds the film back from being near perfect; it’s moments of unnecessary humour. All Quiet on the Western Front contains a couple of scenes in which the characters in a dark situation somehow manage to present themselves as a bad comedy troupe. But luckily, these scenes are rare and generally short.

All Quiet on the Western Front (as many Oscar contenders are) is one of the defining films in the epic genre, as it is epic in both setting and emotion. It’s depiction of war added to the epic story and epic battle scenes makes All Quiet on the Western Front one of the greatest and darkest war films in the history of cinema.

Despite the minor setbacks in tone consistency within the message of the film, All Quiet on the Western Front is an epic war film that is worth watching unless you prefer light-hearted subject matter.

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