The Apartment ★★★★½

This was a lot darker and "edgier" than I expected it to be. I thought it would be light-hearted, constantly skirting around the touchier subjects.
But that is absolutely not the case with The Apartment.

Sure, at its core it's still an optimistic tale of hope and achievement, you could (if you really wanted to) classify it as a romantic comedy of sorts and there's still a happy ending. However, with Wilder at the helm, there's all of his trademark cyniscism, misanthropy and the fact that every single character is flawed and morally questionable in some way. This is what makes it so genius though, it's so easy to relate to C.C. Baxter which in turns makes it impossible not to root for him to succeed.

I smiled at every Lemmon-quip and the final curtain line rivals Some Like it Hot as one the greatest ever, cinematic history-wise.

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