Murder, My Sweet

Murder, My Sweet ★★★½

1944 Ranked

Chock full of what you'd expect and want in a Marlowe noir, including a confusing plot, over-drinking, beatings, shootings, the femme fatale, narration, and whipcracking dialogue. All of this works, and Chandler is a big part of it. That said, the direction is quite good - interesting and original effects mixed with classic noir treatments, but it does start to sag a little as the film rolls along. Choices get less exciting and editing seems to be less invested as the plot finishes out. Characters and those that perform them are fantastic, with a special shout out to Moose and Mike Mazurki.

As all Chandler adaptations this'll need another watch... and I'm looking forward to it.

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