This is stretching the boundaries of noir, as it's really more of a gothic drama set in Edwardian/Victorian London. But it's a great example of how noir stylistics permeated adjacent genres in the 1940s, because even though there's no wartime/post-war trauma, very little crisis of masculinity, and no real femme fatale, it's still full of dim, atmospheric lighting, long shadows, ambiguous morality, and interestingly angled shots - and the setting lends some wonderful fog and gaslight as well. You could…
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.
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…