Alexj_movieguy’s review published on Letterboxd:
An amazing piece of cinema. Beautifully crafted all around. This Neo-Noir film by Polanski definitely pays homage to the 40s Film Noir. He extends this homage and pays respect to the filmmakers of the style by including John Huston, who’s 1941 picture “The Maltese Falcon” pioneered the style. He gives a great performance! The music fits perfectly. A great color palette and cinematography. Script is fantastic, there’s a reason it won an Oscar (out of the 11 it was nominated for). If you notice, Jake Gittes (Nicholson) is in every single scene of the film, which only enhances the feeling of mystery and elevates his investigation. By doing this, we only know what he knows as he acquires information and clues. That’s filmmaking for you!
“Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown.”