Watched this on 08/10/15
The are no heroes in M, not even any characters with an identity, except the serial killer himself, and all are normal people, part of a mob. Fritz Lang's movie begins slowly, but towards it's end, it shows a great level of psychological depth, the need for law and you may even end up sympathizing the killer. Peter Lprre gives a fine performance towards the end.
The problem is - this film is a mostly unengaging and far from thrilling bore.
It's well made and pretty notable in it's message, but some of it comes in a rush and doesn't leave much room to have any thoughts or feelings.
I wanted to enjoy this, but it left me bored and uninteresting throughout despite the nice acting and production.
For a 1931 film, it's quite something.
For a film, it's rather boring and unexcitingly told.
Chilling early talkie about a child murderer put on trial by citizens, not the law. Fascinating psychological thriller asks not to sympathize with its killer, but to understand him. Peter Lorre is still great, many famous scenes, and yep, one of the greats.
The story gets better as it goes on. Acting is great. Sound dips in and out. It was made in 1931 after all.
Definitely serves as a great source of inspiration for decades worth of who-done-its.
Not fantastic by today's standards, but still very good.