Well, this is our third best picture winner, and our second war movie. Man, there are a lot of war movies on this list! I just want to say that the Academy certainly seems to love movies that tell you ‘War Is Bad’. I guess we’re just gonna have to keep making these movies until we stop having it! But, I digress.
The movie is about a bunch of teens who join the army just for the glory of it. They quickly find out that it’s not as glamorous as they hoped. (oh, you think?) There’s really not much else to say about the plot. It’s just your basic war movie. I think Eddie Izzard said it best “Wake up in the morning, death, death, death, death, death, death, lunch, death, death, death, afternoon tea, death, death, quick shower, you know.”
In today’s standards, this movie isn’t anything special. But for the early 1930’s, it’s actually pretty impressive. It makes use of cinematography and art direction in ways that hadn’t been seen yet. The director’s vision is well told, and the acting is pretty decent.
Overall, “All Quiet On The Western Front” is a great film to show if you’re a teacher talking about films from the early 1930’s. But for the average moviegoer, many will find it boring. There’s just not much to say about it. But now we’re getting into the 30’s, the time of the Great Depression, when Hollywood tried to cheer everyone up. I look forward to these films. Until then, I’m out. Peace!