*WARNING! THIS REVIEW IS MORE-ISH*
More twists than an Alton Towers roller coaster.
More cigarettes than outside an airport departures lounge
More sexier than my profile picture
More cooler than a polar bears toe nail
More Bogey than The African Queen and Casablanca combined
More noir than Chinatown
The more I think I about it, the more I loved it.
Is there a better
Noir detective than Bogart?
No, and this is proof.
Convoluted story moves along at a blistering pace. Bogart takes the hits and keeps on ticking, while Bacall isn't quite as electric as in To Have and Have Not but still is an amazing foil.
Private detective Philip Marlowe is hired by a rich family. Before the complex case is over, he's seen murder, blackmail, and what might be love.
Along with "In A Lonely Place" & "The African Queen," probably Bogart's best performance. The best noir. Hawks at the top of his game.
I don't know what happened but I think I like it.
This is where I learned where Jessica Rabbit's voice originated, anyway.
I couldn’t keep track of Bogie’s investigation but that didn’t stop me from enjoying the heck out of this classic noir. I wish they’d spent more time with the foxy bookshop girl though. Ow ow!
I learned that film noir is really not my thing. Not a bad film though.
Blindspot Marathon #2
[1946 theatrical version]
It does well to keep Chandler's dialogue without the burden of his sometimes-impenetrable descriptions--not to mention the streams of homophobic disgust. Walter Chaw argues pretty well in favor of film over novel, but even as a Chandler neophyte, I can't quite sign off on the argument. The author's prose is weirdly dense, but through that density it offers a much stranger investigation, and a more complex ending, than the ones found in Hawks's version. Furthermore, while I…
bogart's philip marlowe is perfectly paired with the genre in which a single punch can knock a man out, all guns are fired from the hip, and a witty one-liner is never left unsaid. bogart's charm outweighs his small stature and sour 'mug'. unfortunately his gravity puts into stark relief his lesser, lauren bacall, and the world of characters too often unintroduced and easily discarded.