The Manchurian Candidate is surely a film with a clever premise. The complex and multi-dimensional narrative proves to be something unlike anything ever seen before or since. The narrative itself is rather interesting, with the political allegories and allusions being quite appreciated.
However, despite the cleverness of the premise and the interesting nature of the narrative, the film still manages to be rather flat and unintriguing. The main problem of the film happens also to be its supposed accolade: the screenplay.
The flaws with the screenplay can be broken down into three subsections: the narration, the lack of intrigue, and the relationships.
The narration, although it neatly helps to quickly explain the exposition of the film, comes across as bland,…