The photography, the music, the direction were magnificent. I also found magnificent the way with which the archive footage including the real Leopold and Loeb was edited in this film. The acting by the starring duo was superb and Craig Chester is an actor who has brought all the gay characters he's portrayed to life. But the movie falls short - it has the vision and the guts, but it doesn't have the force and the impact.
I don't tend to be a fan of films shot in black and white for the artistic sake of it, but again, had my preferences subverted. The explicit nature of the two protagonists' relationship works well in that we usually expect monochrome settings to be accompanied by monochrome storylines. Egged on by the psychopathic Dick, the relatively benign Nathan is ultimately unable to control his love and goes along with a crime which he had had no intention of committing and had precious little involvement in. The filming is full of clever touches and the shockingly homophobic atmosphere of public opinion is vividly depicted - although we have little sympathy for the murderers.