Double Indemnity

Double Indemnity ★★★

The build up and aftermath unfold so meticulously and naturally you'll forget just how unbelievably certain aspects are overlooked. In sticking to its noir tropes so closely, it falls needlessly into pitfalls of melodrama, cliches and stilted shocks shrinkwrapped into whatever censorship standards were followed in the 1940's. When the scene centers around Walter and Phyllis is when these flaws are most obvious, and I think more emphasis on Walter and Keyes would've lent itself to a much stronger finale. Double Indemnity never bores, but simply looks timid when matched with more modern mystery dramas, and is significantly more dated than other comparable noir films of its era.

Why the hell is Walter wearing a wedding ring the whole time?

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