The film that made Jack Nicholson a superstar and Faye Dunaway even crazier.
With a suspicious, porcelain-skinned femme fatale (Faye Dunaway) bankrolling his snooping, private eye J.J. Gittes (Jack Nicholson) uncovers intricate dirty dealings in the Los Angeles waterworks and gets his nose slashed for his trouble. Meanwhile, his financier harbors a nasty family secret.
This movie if has any flaws at all is surely an amazing American classic. The film starts out as a simple detective story but with many twists and turns the film becomes a very hard-boiled mystery movie. I’am not a very big fan of neo-noir but for this film I made an exception because this film does something amazing and mixed neo-noir and psychological drama.
The film’s emotion of mystery and confusion is shown through its mysterious setting much ado to the very creepy score. The setting was very dark and bruised much like the decade it was made in except the film takes place in 30’s and Director Roman Polanski does a great job at fully capturing the look and feel of this mysterious place.
The problem I had with this film was that the film didn’t feel or look at all like it was in the 30’s. The film could’ve easily been mistaken for taking place in the 70’s. Other than the cars, the 30’s doesn’t look too alive in this film.
The screenplay is very brilliant and very wise when it comes toward the questions and the full mystery of the story. Much of due to the very inspired direction from Roman Polanski, he creates a setting that is not just an place but a place full of lies, deception, and tragedy’s that come abroad on a regular basis.
Acting from Nicholson and Dunaway are just spectacular. Nicholson surely shows off his great acting chops in this breakthrough performance and creates this character that we cheer for in finding the exact truth of what has happened in this world. Faye Dunaway also proves her power as a leading woman and is simply just eye candy and can belt out some great heartbreaking scenes.
The film is surely an American Classic that keeps you guessing until the very end and when it’s finally over you still wonder about the world we live in and how it really is.