Thursday, January 26, 2017

Movie Review: The Big Clock (1948)

Watching more old movies for the fashions.

The Movie:  5 (on a scale of -10 to 10).  We get to watch George Stroud's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day as he wrecks his marriage, loses his job, and gets framed for murder.  This could have been a much better movie than it was.  We watch a weak-willed man move through life doing the bidding of whoever's applying the most pressure at the moment (alternately, his boss, his wife, and some random woman who shows up.)  Since he has no real sense of agency, and no coherent plan for managing his relationships and balancing his responsibilities, he gets used by those around him (only to be discarded when someone new and more forceful comes along), and as a result, makes the perfect fall guy for murder.  If the movie had ended with him being convicted and the murderer getting away with it, this would have been an interesting movie with a strong message.  Instead, people rally around him, the real killer is caught, and The Character Who Was Supposed To Be The Comic Relief, But Was Really Just Annoying gets the final line.  The only reason I'm not rating this movie lower is that it does a great job of showcasing Art Deco architecture.

The Fashions:  2 (on a scale of 1 to 10).  Nothing horrible, but nothing noteworthy, either.

In short:  Unless you really like Art Deco architecture, I'd pass.

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