Authentic investigation into fractured egos competing on stage for… MoreAuthentic investigation into fractured egos competing on stage for self-worth and importance -- in this case, beyond the Broadway stage and into the stage of life. Well-acted and uniquely shot.
[Director's Cut] Stylistically interesting and an immersive,… More[Director's Cut] Stylistically interesting and an immersive, insomniatic feel gives the movie its unique flavor. At first viewing though, I don't feel the movie has enough spark to justify the elaborate set pieces and convoluted build up. It reminds you of the film's influences which by comparison are far superior to this film itself. With that said, it toys around with some potentially interesting ideas.
Great film. Good performance by Bogart -- actually, good performances… MoreGreat film. Good performance by Bogart -- actually, good performances all around -- along with great direction and lighting, as well as the music. Bogart really fits the detective role here, with an ending that really is hard-hitting. Might grow on me if I see it again -- between a 4 and a 4.5 for me.
Good, establishes tension by taking its time with the elaborate… MoreGood, establishes tension by taking its time with the elaborate set-up. The theme of irony runs strong. Well-shot. It maybe would have even been better had the studio not forced the narration onto the film, against Kubrick's request -- in that way, it brings to mind the same dilemma of 'Blade Runner' and the difference between having its narration vs. without. Overall, a good film. I'd put it 3.5-4, but I'll bump it to 4 here.