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I'm kind of annoyed with movies that are all drama and have no clear message. From a comedy, all I expect is some great gags or witty lines. If it's a drama on the other hand, I'd like it to be either super clever or a lesson-learning journey. Far too often the lesson is that no one is worthy of trust or being emulated. This may just be a style of the early 50s for which I have yet to acquire a taste, but I would compare this movie to "A Streetcar Named Desire". As a viewer, you invest yourself in a movie's plot, assuming it will lead you to a well-thought out climax and resolution. That's one of my favorite aspects of a great movie - watching any plot (sometimes even a mundane one) take you to a grand, sufficiently developed finish line. If a plot just throws seemingly uncalculated events at you, however thought-provoking they are individually, you might as well mine for meaning in real life.
I appreciate how well the music helps tell the story and move the plot along. "Do you Love Me?" is one of my favorites. The story is beautifully melancholy, and it has a relatable theme which is to not be afraid to establish new traditions.
This movie makes me feel grateful. Of all the wrong things I've done, I'm glad murder isn't one of those things. While watching this movie, you really feel for the characters as they shed their humanity and it's clear by the end that they regret their actions, even if they don't outwardly admit it. They didn't realize that something as serious as murder isn't just an action you can carry out and move on with your life. It's difficult to not attach a label to the behavior. If you murder, you're a murderer. You've removed the floor of your conscience's deepest toleration of evil, and it's difficult if at all possible to replace it. Perfect example of a film noir. One thing I have to say is that Fred MacMurray makes an awkward bad guy. If he were reading this today I hope he'd realize that's a compliment.
This one's not too bad. Loretta Young is pretty charming. Typical screwball comedy.
5 stars speaks for itself but I'll say a few words. Though it doesn't quite match the absolutely chilling suspense of "Wait Until Dark", the plot is extraordinarily well-written. John Williams is excellent. Oh, and the title is way more morbid than the film.