The Most Dangerous Game1932
The Most Dangerous Game (1932)
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Critic Reviews for The Most Dangerous Game
The movie is melodramatic, the acting stiff, and the music overwrought; yet I'm sure that's exactly why audiences liked the movie in the first place and why we find it so much fun today.
The film initially teases its viewers as much as Zaroff does his guests (we finally see what's in his basement, and it ain't pretty) before storming full-barrel into the hunt, a potent half-hour packed with all manner of close calls and great escapes.
One of the best suspense films ever made.
Audience Reviews for The Most Dangerous Game
Englishman Leslie Banks has a whale of a time as a mad Russian on a faraway island who enjoys giving dinner parties, a stiff drink, a good cigar, some light piano playing and then perhaps a midnight hunt. But who hunts in the middle of the night? Joel McCrea joins Fay Wray and Robert Armstrong (both fresh from King Kong, and they use those sets too) on a not-so-magical trip to a desert island. Rousing adventure.
An impressive classic suspense thriller. The Criterion disc release is a treat.
It's easy to forget how sensational this was for its time, partly because it's so hokey and partly because of the eminently graceless aging of the action genre. Still, I think it's a lot less dumb than King Kong, and though the first half of the film is dedicated to exhaustingly transparent conversations about humans and being primeval and stuff, the latter half is an at least interesting little bit of 30s action goodness. The Most Dangerous Game is a little too self-serious to embrace fully, but it's a very short watch and an important milestone in action movie history.