Friday, November 10, 2006


Saw THE GOOD GERMAN tonight.

I liked it a lot, but mostly for the design, which was clearly an homage to the film noirs of the post-war era. Beautifully shot, amazing art direction, and without question, the best score I've heard in a while, the movie was more about mood than it was about plot and character.

Thomas Newman invoked his ancestors with a big, old-fashioned movie score. Most of the cast was very good, with Cate Blanchett switching out of Kate Hepburn mode (THE AVIATOR) and into Marlene Dietrich. Clooney was very good as well. Tobey Maguire was a little out of place given his naturalistic approach to acting, when everyone else was giving a stylized 1940s performance.

The major failing was the plot itself, which was so heavy with machinations that one expected a huge revelation at the end, when in fact they just dusted up the loose plot ends.

One has to credit Clooney and Soderbergh for taking chances and making a black & white film with virtually no commercial value.
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