Reviewed Apr 03, 2012
Steve Grzesiak’s review:
There are films that I love that I can totally understand people not liking. By a similar token, there are films I love that I absolutely cannot understand why anyone wouldn't like them.
Double Indemnity is, it's fair to say, well and truly in the latter category. So much so that I almost think it would be rational to genuinely dislike people who don't like it. That's how strongly I feel about it!
The funny thing about it is that I only saw it for the first time relatively recently and yet that one viewing was enough for for me to form such a strong opinion of it. No film is perfect, perhaps, yet there are films like this where you wonder what could possibly be improved about it.
I can't think of a single thing. Not only is this film noir at its very best, all the more remarkable considering that Billy Wilder was far from prolific in the genre of straight thrillers, but it's just film at its best. The acting, the photography, the story, the direction, the sound - what is there that could be improved about it?
Double Indemnity is one of those films that just reminds you of so many of the reasons why you love films.