ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT MOVIE REVIEW
Erich Maria Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front is one of the greatest war novels ever written. It’s the story of teenager Paul Baümer who gladly enlists in the German army, and goes to war full of patriotic fervor, and youthful ideals. Those naïve feelings are crushed out of existence as Paul discovers the reality of a soldier’s life, and the senseless horrors of war. Inspired by Remarque’s own experiences as a soldier in WWI, All Quiet on the Western Front was a global best seller upon its publication in 1929. However, a few years later, Remarque’s works would be banned by the Nazis, and he was forced to flee Germany. The book has been adapted for stage and screen before, but notably this is the first time German filmmakers have attempted to adapt it. No expense was spared in recreating the carnage of the First World War, and the film has been selected as Germany’s entry in this year’s Oscars, but does the new adaptation honor Remarque’s story? Our reviewers T.C., Beau, and Marco are fans of the source novel, and are familiar with past adaptations. Needless to say, they have strong opinions about this latest version. Listen to the review and hear what they had to say.
DIRECTED BY: Edward Berger
STARRING: Felix Kammerer, Albrecht Schuch, Aaron Hilmer, Moritz Klaus, Adrian Grünewald, Edin Hasanovic, Daniel Brühl, Thibault de Montalembert, Devid Striesow, Andreas Döhler, Sebastian Hülk
Marco Noyola (Digital Noise, Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad, Audio Editor)
By day, Marco is a mild-mannered office worker, but by night he is a mild-mannered movie watcher. He does other mild-mannered stuff too.
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Beau Paul (Highly Suspect Reviews, The Original Gentlemen, Screener Squad)
Beau Paul is an Austin native, an actor, and a writer. Sometimes all at once! Previously he has attempted to be an internet entertainer (the funny ha-ha kind, not the naked moneymaking kind) at Spill.com, and now here on OneOfUs.net. You can read his pithy witticisms and the retweeted material of funnier, cleverer people on Twitter or Facebook, and can buy him stuff on Amazon.
T.C. De Witt (Screener Squad)
T.C. De Witt is a multi-awarded writer/director originally from Wisconsin and now based in Los Angeles. His life has been devoted to the arts since he was a child. He’s been a stage performer, playwright, stand-up comic, film and television actor, radio DJ, podcaster published author, recorded musician, and comic writer/illustrator. He is now a professional screenwriter and has been thriving for the past decade, regularly offering his talents to production studios in LA, Chicago, Milwaukee, and internationally in Sydney and Poland. He’s provided content for Amazon Prime, Netflix, and several YouTube partners. His films have screened internationally, and his stageplays have been performed across the country. In the last ten years, he has directed 57 films, 23 episodes of his series The One Minute Rewatch, 300+ episodes of podcasts, and his multi-award-winning short film Screen: Righter screened at the Festival de Cannes in 2016. He has released two feature films, The Princess Knight and A Christmas Sunset. He thrives on collaboration and the thrill of sharing stories in all forms.
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