This is why classics are made, so that they can be enjoyed for years to come. With 1930’s “All Quiet on the Western Front” we get a look at one of the greatest war films of all time. It brilliantly showcases war from the mind of a youth, and it keeps getting better with each viewing. This movie is one of those perfect films that you just have to watch and be amazed at how well it still holds up.
The story revolves around a young man named Paul, who goes along with his friends to enlist and serve in the German army during WWI. His friends and he think that serving in the army will do themselves good. But once Paul is in battle, he starts to realize how bad war can be. He finds himself in the face of reality and thinks about his choice in the army. Did he come to fight and be a hero, or did he come just to die?
“All Quiet on the Western Front” is a film that doesn’t have a lot of mistakes, yet it’s perfect. It’s timeless, and even though it has aged a bit, the message is still the same. War is evil even though we must face it. The casting and the dialogue in this movie show how serious this production is, and the direction is strong and powerful. But the battle scenes are the most memorable because they show off the war genre to its full potential. They may be long, but the fighting portrays how the war was working. It’s a film that’s perfect it has no flaws at all.
Now for nitpicking, I will admit that the sound has lost its original quality. But you got to remember; this movie came out during the early days of the sound industry. So the ears may not be keen to the kind of systems used when recording the sound for the film.
Overall, “All Quiet on the Western Front” is an amazing movie that needs to be seen. It has aged over the years, but it’s still enjoyable and that’s what films are supposed to be. I recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys movies as much as I do and for someone looking for a real treat in classic films.