Metropolis is a gargantuan tale of epic biblical proportions that absolutely deserves all its acclaim. Massively influential and consistently engaging, it just continued to wow me. For its time, the art design, cinematography, effects, score are all simply amazing. They remain timeless and hard hitting.
The narrative is spellbinding and as you watch it, so many films you’ve seen before pop into your head as you realise this came well before all of them. There are some scenes that I’ll never forget such as the hallucination scene where it is unprecedented what they do to create these effects. Having physically experimented with celluloid film to achieve extremely basic effects myself, I have no idea how they did some of these things.
A two and half hour silent film might seem like work to some but this sure wasn’t for me. It’s on YouTube so go check it out and tick it off the essential viewing list if you haven’t.