The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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Gripping, real-life melodrama, told in semi-documentary style.
The unemphatic presentation of details, the use of locations, and strong performances from a largely non-professional supporting cast, lend the film authenticity and power.
Movie-makers should positively remember that a public story is a public trust.
This 1947 film is limited in scope and feeling, but the superficial dramatics work well enough.
...remains a taut, effective drama fascinating both for its technical acumen and for its disturbing prescience of the travails Kazan would face with HUAC in only five years.
... Kazan avoids the usual theatrics as Andrews, who loosens up a little under Kazan's direction, methodically works his way through his case with a modesty rare even in today's spate of TV legal dramas. It's more film gray than noir...
Dull, vague retelling of true crime benefits from good cast and location shooting.
Though not one of Kazan's best films, Boomerang is perfectly watchable.
The best work is done against the grain of Louis de Rochemont's newsreel tidiness
Kazan shot most of the film on location, using high-contrast cinematography and an extremely mobile camera to create a palpable sense of urgency.
The performances, especially by Andrews, are spot on.
Elia Kazan, as an afterthought, comments he wished he played up the corruption part of the story in more detail.
A great cast and story, it's really dramatic and exciting, I loved it.
I'm teetering between 3 and 3 1/2 stars. I liked the essence more than I liked the premise of this politically motivated courtroom drama. Dana Andrews and Lee J Cobb are superb, as always, but the narration and structure is a little too heavy-handed for my taste.
Filmed on location in my current hometown - Stamford CT - yay! Good buildup about political shenanigans related to the prosecution of a mysterious murder in small town America is ultimately spoiled by a by third act courtroom scene where all is miraculously revealed. A compelling mix of documentary and noir styles in this early effort by Elia Kazan.
An honest district attourney is pressured into convicting a man accused of the murder of a priest, but when he examines the evidence, he has second thoughts as to the man's guilt. Rather similar to 12 Angry Men, which was released 10 years later and also featured Lee J. Cobb and Ed Begley, this is an intelligent courtroom drama based on a real case from the same director as Brando's On The Waterfront and Cat On A Hot Tin Roof. It shows not only the investigation of the evidence, but also the pressures behind the scenes from self-serving politicians, the press and a public eager for a quick conviction. Dana Andrews is solid as the crusading DA, but it is Cobb's worldly wise chief of police and Arthur Kennedy as the suspect railroaded into a false confession that are the stand-out performances. The true identity of the murderer is only hinted at, and he suffers a rather contrived timely come-uppance no doubt to appease the "crime doesn't pay" censorship laws, but otherwise a fine noir-style examination of the American justice system.
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