Chinatown (1974)

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A private detective (Jack Nicholson) hired to expose an adulterer soon becomes embroiled in a web of corruption and murder.

This was one of the films I studied in my undergraduate degree, and yet I don’t think I looked at it properly until now. While I don’t think it to be a masterpiece, it is still pretty good, all considered.

Jack Nicholson is good here, but he is always oddly good in whatever he plays. He always manages to bring something to the fore, although I’m not entirely sure what this something is.

To its credit, the cinematography is good and is good at plonking us as viewers in the middle of the mire to experience all that is unfolding. The script is dark and murky, and yet you can’t help but keep watching. This would be the second time I’ve seen it and I think it probably benefits from multiple viewings. As a film it has aged very well and still feels as prevalent today as it did back in 1974 when it was released.

However, it was quite a slow movie so as a viewer that may put you off. I’m not going to say it was a faultlessly amazing film, but it was still pretty good all the same. A 10/10 atmosphere wise, but ultimately there were far too many twists and turns to keep me interested as a film viewer.

MY RATING: **.5 / *****



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