I wasn't even aware of this movie until it came out on Criterion and I saw a (very) few people talking about that release. I filed it away in the back of my mind, and didn't really think about it again until I saw it at the library this week. I realized I'd have a free night this week, and snapped it up.
This seems a lesser film in many ways than some of the other '40s noirish Lang fims…
No one of my generation can believe I've never seen this movie. I tend not to care for a lot of '80s movies that my peers think are awesome, so I didn't have high expectations going in, but wow did I enjoy this. Like, for real.
How it entered my Flickchart:
The Goonies > Branded to Kill
The Goonies > Topsy-Turvy
The Goonies < The Killing
The Goonies > The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit
The Goonies < Prometheus
The Goonies < The Killers
I figured I'd go ahead and watch this before The Avengers comes out, since I had missed it in theatres the year it came out. "Missed" isn't the right word. I heard bad things about it and opted not to go. And yeah, this movie is pretty boring, especially for an action movie. There are only like two and a half actual action scenes in it.
The first hour or so I was kind of bored stiff - there were…
For a little while I was afraid I'd misheard and it was gonna be all guns, which would've been boring and just needlessly violent (in a boring way). But then the hand-to-hand stuff started, and all of that was awesome. So yeah. Just enough story to string a nearly 100-minute long fight scene on, and that was enough. Also, it was surprisingly well-paced for basically being a long fight scene, with some breather sections in there at just the right times. Definitely had fun with this.