Rope

Rope ★★½

I had a Hitch itch, wanted something short, and hadn’t seen Rope in ages. Perfect, right? Totally forgot about the one-shot schtick until it started, and man, I’ve never found it less impressive. The movie mostly looks like shit: The Technicolor is weirdly drab, and the plot is dialog-driven to the point that the roving camera tends to just flatly center the speaker in the frame. The limited edits do give the proceedings the effect of unfolding in real time, but that just makes the short runtime feel much longer, since we spend the whole thing at a shitty party hosted by a couple of insufferable, sociopathic twerps. I can enjoy a showy stunt as much as anyone, but this one is pretty pointless.