Saturday, September 24, 2005
Movie: Kiss me deadly
I saw an old film noir movie yesterday - Kiss me deadly from 1955. It was (at least partly) hilarious. You knew from the start that picking up the woman in the street was not a very good idea (after all, it's part of the ting about being a film noir movie that meeting women at all is not a very good idea), and throughout the movie, the main male character made sure to do the dangerous thing at every possible turn.
I'm afraid I didn't really notice the great photography that people talk about when they discuss this movie - to me it was mostly just plain, ordinary film noir photography (even though I do in hindsight understand what they are talking about). I was mostly concentrating on the story, which featured an endless stream of new names with little screen-time.
It's difficult to see this movie today without feeling that the script is terrible. For one thing, the writers seemed to know a bit too little of physics (or just relying on the audience to know little). On the other hand, the story says a lot of the way Americans felt in the early 1950s...
At the screening I went to, there were people in the audience laughing out loud at the ending. I guess that the creators of the movie were quite serious about that part of the movie, but I also wonder how much of the humour is unintentional - was the creators trying to be witty at all? (At least some of the fights have a slap-stick taste to them...)
The rating above (6 out of 10) has more to do with the fun of seeing the movie than of the quality of it, I'm afraid. See it if you're in a good mood.