Ryan Sutton’s review published on Letterboxd:
"Here's looking at you kid."
Rick Blaine has got to be one of the coolest movie characters ever.
Casablanca is a film I'm surprised I watched for fun instead of in a future film class. Sometimes you just crave classic older films, you know? Casablanca is definitely a film I'll be revisiting in the near future.
Widely considered one of the best films ever made, Casablanca is an excellent film that really paved the way for future films by doing things that hadn't been done before. This was extremely influential to film as an art form and many directors have stated they took inspiration from this classic.
There's so much I could say about Casablanca that I absolutely loved. For one, the performances are terrific. Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman are so iconic together. There's an all time great story here that requires your full attention to appreciate. The music is so perfect for the film. The cinematography is lush even for a black and white film.
My only nitpick with Casablanca (which I feel won't be an issue upon rewatch) was that the ending was phenomenal and made me want to give this five stars but the ten minutes before the ending just seemed to lack the emotional punch that I felt with the ending. I didn't feel the weight of the story in that particular scene. Other than that, I loved Casablanca. It's one of my favorites for sure, which is a genuine relief to say. When I go into classics like this or The Godfather, I get nervous it won't live up to the hype. Well, I loved The Godfather and now, I love Casablanca.