05 July 2010
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
You mean there's a mountain over in Germany gets mad at a field over in France?
So basically: A group of schoolboys get encouraged to join the Great War by their teacher. Enthusiastic and full of duty and pride, they go out into the front. What they find there is far from what they imagined. The plot follows Paul as he goes from camp to the front and back again, witnessing the horrors that war brings.
Great film. It's serious and yet it can mix in humour without it seeming like it's making light of the theme. It's the second war film on the list, but I think it should be WAY higher up! It's defs one of the best war films out there. I also like how it's from a German perspective, which doesn't happen very often, without making them the bad guys. It's not about bad guys and good guys or heroes and villains, it's about the nature of war and who it effects the most - the nameless soldiers who are taught that dying for their country is the most noble thing in the world. The scene where they are discussing what causes a war is probably the best scene in the film and one of the best scenes in cinematic history - in my personal opinion, that is; it perfectly sums up the uselessness of war.
This movie deserves all the "prestige" thrown at it and can do with a little more - watch it!
Ziggi seal of approval!