Critics and viewers heap praise on All Quiet on the Western Front

‘One of the greatest war movies ever made’: Critics and viewers heap praise on Netflix WW1 epic All Quiet on the Western Front as they call for it to get an Oscar nomination

Critics and viewers alike have heaped praise on Netflix’s new World War One movie All Quiet on the Western Front and called for it to be nominated for an Oscar.

The film follows the life of German soldier Paul Bäumer (Felix Kammerer), who, after enlisting in the Army with his friends, finds himself confronting the harrowing realities of war, shattering their hopes of becoming heroes.

Since its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, the drama has earned critical acclaim, and is Germany’s submission for Best International Feature Film for the 2023 Academy Awards.

Acclaim: Critics and viewers alike have heaped praise on Netflix’s new World War One movie All Quiet on the Western Front and called for it to be nominated for an Oscar

Now, critics and viewers have lauded the WW1 epic as ‘one of the greatest war movies ever made’ as they described it as an ‘utterly gut wrenching’ film.

On Rotten Tomatoes, the German-language film secured an impressive audience score of 90 per cent while the critics’ Tomatometer score was 92 per cent.

Taking to Twitter, overwhelmed viewers heaped praise on the film and described it as a ‘must-see’, before calling for it to be nominated for an Oscar.

Many people compared it to 2019’s war drama 1917 and 2015’s The Revenant, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, insisting it was better than both of the epics.

Praise: The drama has earned critical acclaim, and is Germany’s submission for Best International Feature Film for the 2023 Academy Awards. Pictured: Daniel Brühl in the film

One viewer penned: ‘Went to see All Quiet on the Western Front today. What an incredible film.

‘Genuinely brilliant, utterly gut-wrenching, and everything I hoped 1917 would be, but wasn’t. I feel completely exhausted by it. A must-see, even if you have no interest in WW1.’

Another said: All quiet on the Western Front on Netflix is a masterpiece, probably one of the greatest war movies ever made. If Oscars do give a f**k about foreign movies, this one should be sweeping all awards.’ 

‘All Quiet on the Western Front is one of 2022’s best. It’s a emotional, stressful, trilling, and bleak film that doesn’t pull any punches,’ a third wrote.

‘This one should be sweeping awards’: Critics and viewers have lauded the WW1 epic as ‘one of the greatest war movies ever made’ as they described it as an ‘utterly gut wrenching’ film

Another added: ‘The Directing and Cinematography are top notch. This film is The Revenant + 1917. We need more war movies like this. Can’t recommend enough.’

While a fifth gushed: ‘So we all agree that All Quiet on the Western Front needs a cinematography nomination, right?’

‘The most brutal, revolting, artistically beautiful, nihilistic portrait of violence, slaughter, and the darkest aspects of war I’ve ever seen. The cinematography is phenomenal,’ another concluded.

Elsewhere, critics also did not shy away from heaping praise on the powerful war epic as they described it as one of the best war movies ever made.

Impressive: On Rotten Tomatoes, the German-language film secured an impressive audience score of 90 per cent while the critics’ Tomatometer score was 92 per cent

The Awards Daily’s critic Mark Johnson described it as a ‘timeless and international antiwar classic’ as he lauded the film for its ‘scathing depiction of the mental terror of war’.

He penned: ‘All Quiet on the Western Front is a jaw-dropping film and a remarkable piece of work. 

‘It is not only one of the best films of the year but should also be remembered as one of the greatest war films of all time.’

Writing for Entertainment Weekly, critic Leah Greenblatt said: ‘A film that feels both aesthetically dazzling and full of necessary truths: an antiwar drama that transcends the bombast of propaganda mostly just because it’s so artfully and indelibly made.’

Powerful: Elsewhere, critics also did not shy away from heaping praise on the war epic as they described it as one of the best war movies ever made in their gushing reviews

Meanwhile, The Guardian’s critic Peter Bradshaw awarded the war epic a generous four-star review and said the entire film was powerfully ‘flavoured with this grim premonition of death’.

‘All Quiet on the Western Front is a substantial, serious work, acted with urgency and focus and with battlefield scenes whose digital fabrications are expertly melded into the action,’ he penned. 

‘It never fails to do justice to its subject matter, though is perhaps conscious of its own classic status.’

Plot: The film follows the life of German soldier Paul Bäumer (Felix Kammerer), who, after enlisting in the Army with his friends, finds himself at risk to the harrowing realities of war

The New York Times’ Ben Kenigsberg praised the dramatic opening sequence of the film, which devastatingly shows a clearing lined with corpses, and commented on the incredible cinematography.

‘The movie aims to pummel you with ceaseless brutality, and it’s hard not to be rattled by that,’ he concluded. 

All Quiet on the Western Front is an German epic anti-war film based on the 1929 novel of the same name by Erich Maria Remarque – which was burnt by the Nazis when they rose to power.

Epic: All Quiet on the Western Front is an German epic anti-war film based on the novel of the same name by Erich Maria Remarque – which was burnt by the Nazis when they rose to power

It is a harrowing account of the realities of WW1 based on his own experiences in the German army and largely takes place on the trenches of the Western Front. 

The German-language film sees Austrian actor Felix Kammerer take the lead as Paul Bäumer and it also stars Inglourious Basterds star Daniel Brühl.

The original 1930 adaptation of the novel took home two Oscars, for Best Picture and Best Director, and was nominated in two other categories.

The novel was also brought to screen in another Hollywood movie in 1979, but the new movie marks the first German-language adaptation for the screen.

Devastating: It is a harrowing account of the realities of WW1 based on his own experiences in the German army and largely takes place on the trenches of the Western Front

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