All Quiet on the Western Front focuses again on excellent anti-war films at OTT – Entertainment News, Firstpost – Firstpost | Episode Movies

war is hopeless. It is destructive and throws people, countries, continents back decades; sometimes even longer. nothing new in the West (Netflix), the German entry for the Best Foreign Film Oscar category, focuses once again on the futility of war and the all-encompassing waste it brings. Anti-war films are proliferating on the Indian OTT, a great sub-genre to explore, with insights and details that history books and popular media have largely left out.

There is no glory in dying in a war. The Russian invasion of Ukraine, a war that unfolded right before us this year, proves this. Filmmakers have diligently focused on this aspect of war in recent years, recreating great cinematic stories that improve with cutting-edge cinematic technology and provide sensory overload to bring home a point – war is a waste.

Edward Berger has remade the original American film that set the benchmark in 1930’s epic anti-war filmmaking. Adapted by Erich Maria Remarques 1929 the first world war Roman, this time the film is set in Germany. The youth are inspired by their teachers to fight for the fatherland in the Great War and strive for bravery. But the reality is far from glorious. Boys who come out of their homes and villages to fight for the great fatherland die, torn to pieces, scattered like scraps of paper, and mutilated in a way never quite mentioned in war tales. In one scene, a character enters a room littered with the corpses of fellow human beings and declares that Germany will be empty after this war. The film is shocking, a bit overwhelming when viewed on a laptop or small screen; but moving and poignant. In remaking this novel in German, Berger has also succeeded in making a strong argument – that the war has harmed people on both sides of the world wars in equal, horrific proportions; Germans suffered just as much as the British, French or Americans. nothing new in the West features award-winning performances by Daniel Brühl, Felix Kammerer and Albrecht Schuch, who become characters that will stay with you long after you’ve stopped watching the film.

Anti-war films effectively destroy the narrative of the bravery of battle. Christopher Nolans Dunkirk (Prime Video) is one of the most innovative audiovisual interpretations of it. Dunkirk was a colossal error in Allied war planning, particularly that of the British Army. Spanning timelines and with a ticking clock that so often gives you goosebumps, the film becomes a grim survival story that highlights the unsung bravery of a few good men. Nolan will also delve into a dark anti-war narrative in his upcoming film Oppenheimer. This will be looking at the man whose mind created the atomic bomb, and it’s definitely not expected to be a kind-hearted look.

Taika Waititis Jojo rabbit (Hotstar) is another clever and sarcastic take on the unacceptable narrative that Nazi Germany instilled in its war. Told from the point of view of a young child, this film is essentially a mother-son story with a young Jewish girl bringing in the perspective of a cynical sufferer. War does not take place here at the front. Instead, it is fought against in thought, belief, ideals, and indoctrination. It’s also about adults doing everything in their power to protect young people from being brainwashed, sometimes even putting their own lives on the line. Despite its light-hearted tone, Jojo Rabbit is a moving film. We live in polarized times where much of the media shows bias in reporting. It’s important to watch a movie like Jojo Rabbit to understand that you have to learn to think for yourself and make decisions for yourself, even when teachers or newspapers say something completely different.

Anti-war films take on some serious interpretations American sniper (Netflix), where returning a veteran to normal life is a far greater struggle than engaging in a violent, unfair war (the second Iraq war); and a satirical tone in Brad Pitt’s lead, War Machine, in which a war-minded general wreaks havoc on a regular basis and has little to answer for. The genre itself is as old as talkie, with filmmakers adopting the guise of fortune-telling from the start. Actually Charlie Chaplin’s The great dictator (1940), like the original nothing new in the West, pioneer of anti-war cinema. In recent years, filmmakers have told such stories from different angles, changing the way war stories are approached. Fighting and dying on frontlines is neither great nor glorious. It’s in vain. It often paves the way for further violence and reinforces hypernationalist politics. Cinema has struck a fine balance by producing and presenting anti-war films and allowing people to absorb and understand the ground reality of battles from an ordinary person’s perspective.

Archita Kashyap is an experienced film, music and pop culture journalist and writer. She has edited entertainment content for broadcast news and digital platforms for over 15 years.

Read all Latest news, Trending News, Cricket News, Bollywood News, India News and entertainment news here. follow us on facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Leave a Comment