aldy’s review published on Letterboxd:
12 Angry Men is a masterpiece. The single set location that almost the entirety of the movie took place in meant that the movie relied completely on the strength of its screenplay and performances, both of which were flawless. The film was constantly fascinating throughout and even though the ending was a foregone conclusion, the plot itself remained intriguing and spoke to the strength of the script that it didn't need to rely on what the eventual outcome was. With a diverse cast of fully developed characters with their own conflicting personalities and complex opinions, each and every single role was perfectly acted and the tension was heightened really well with some great camerawork that highlighted each jury member's emotions and facial expressions when things got strained. As an exploration of how the justice system should work, this is an incredible debut by Sidney Lumet with superb writing that's cemented its place as one of my favourite movies of all time.