Chinatown ★★★★★

After putting this off for ages, I have to say that I wish I hadn't. Why did I put it off? Well it was mostly the reputation of Polanski, which I'm still not sure how I feel about. 

But I guess you have to separate the artist from the real life person. Art shows are often held for art made by incarcerated prisoners, and people are able to appreciate the art of murderers etc. So that's where I come down on this, Polanski is a despicable person, but he's a talented despicable person who made an incredible film.

Regarding the film itself, I don't think I've seen a movie that feels so tight. I'm aware that the screenplay is taught in film schools as it's one of the best scripts of all time, and that comes as no surprise. 

Nicholson, Dunaway, and Huston are simply wonderful, with Nicholson's Gittes being one of the coolest protagonists I've seen. 

I'm at a loss for words really. 

5/5.

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