Metropolis

Going into the film I knew all the basics, robots, big cities, oppressed masses. It’s a lot of blah blah blah. But I know if you’re reading this, you’re not looking for a plot summary. You want to know about the technical whatever. If you are looking for a summary of the action, leave right now. I’m not the man to talk to. I don’t have the time to slow down for you people.

Anyway, as the technical merits go, the film looks great. The print was about a week old by the time we got to see it so it wasn’t pristine or anything but it was most definitely an improvement over the tired formulatic pablum that has been foisted onto the public that wished to view this film in the recent past. The original score has also been fully restored and, while repetitive, it does set the mood of the images well.

As for what I thought of the film, it was good. Not great, not amazing, just good. The visuals are impressive for when they were made, and that’s where a lot of the good for the movie comes in. I can honestly say that I don’t think I’ve ever felt like I spent so much time at a movie in my life. The film drags badly, though perhaps it’s my fried synapses that are talking in this case. Another thing I would like to note is that whoever was running eyeliner companies back in 20’s must have been making a fortune off the Germans. Every lead in this film had at least some make-up around their eyes, more than a few looking like bloody raccoons, or at least like Gwynnie in “The Royal Tenenbaums.”

Good movie. Impressive visuals. Slow pacing. If that sounds like your style, make a point to catch it. At the very least I would say you should to see what they managed to pull off with the extremely limited technology they had at the time with the visual effects. Hollywood don’t got nothing on this movie, especially those skinny assed surfer chicks.

Rating: B
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