The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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It is a film of great economy and precision (it lasts only 80 minutes), with the terrifying inevitability of Greek tragedy and a pervading sense that man is his own worst enemy.
Fritz Lang's direction does what it can to inject suspense and interest but the melodrama never really jells.
Once he's raised the standard social issues, Lang destroys them all with a shatteringly nihilistic conclusion.
Lang's most austere film, reducing the characters to pawns arbitrarily shifted in demonstration of a fascinating theorem.
While the purpose may be exemplary, the method the gentlemen employ is highly dubious as a practical exposition. And once it is revealed to prove their point, it should certainly put them in a pickle for conspiring to subvert justice and fool the courts.
one of the best plot twists of all time.
Fritz Lang's last American movie is an edgy study in moral ambiguity.
While perhaps overdependent on coincidence and contrivance, this deft thriller guards its secret right to the end and proved a fitting swan song to Fritz Lang's Hollywood career.
What this tense thriller lacks in action is more than made for by unpredictable twists in the plot, as well as an eerie atmosphere created by the gothic looking buildings and black and white film.
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt is a ludicrous story, very hard to swallow. Lang, who should have known better, must have directed this with his good eye closed.
There's little denying that this one of Lang's lesser films, perhaps not helped by the impoverished budget.
Says a prosecutor, during the trial: 'Beneath his intellectual and cultured exterior, he was moved by brutal impulses.' Is this also Lang's self-indictment? Or an indictment of any artist who trucks in sexual titillation and murder-as-entertainment?
Very clever film.
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt doesn't add up to much more than proof that Fritz Lang's best years were definitely behind him. The premise of an author setting himself up to be framed for murder to prove the fallibility of circumstantial evidence begs for something to go wrong when the only person who can prove his innocence gets killed. Lang set up the plan well enough and the whole period before the too-little-too-late twist at the end kind of dragged, but overall Beyond a Reasonable Doubt was just generally dull. Dana Andrews was just kind of there and watching Joan Fontaine in this movie was like watching off-white paint dry in a Midwestern state. If you're a hardcore Lang fan you may be able to appreciate this movie on some levels but its mostly just a big dull pile of whatever.
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