Finally I've seen Metropolis, and finally I can acknowledge what an influence this film has had on popular culture. Beyond that, its visuals are stunning; I found myself lamenting the digital like an old codger.
I'm happy to have been able to see the nearly complete restored version, which I've read complicates the characters. Regardless, the story and characters are definitely Writ Large, more archetypes than fully realized individuals, especially Maria. The film is full of dichotomies, such as the "head" and the "heart" and woman as saint or whore. Despite the idea of a mediator between the former, the dichotomy is only reinforced. As a result, I laugh a bit at the censoring of this film due to its supposed communist content.
Despite some lag in the last act and the above concerns, Metropolis still stunned me and shamed me for coming to it so late!