Charles G’s review published on Letterboxd:
Casablanca doesn't imitate cinema art, it defines it. It holds no prisoners unleashing a timeless impact of storytelling. Not only does it stand the test of time, it practically mocks it. Way ahead of its time, Casablanca was being produced during turbulent and chaotic times. Being released during World Word II makes the theme even more prominent. The unstable romance throughout the course of the story could be considered parallel to the conflict that was going on in the world.
Rick Blaine: "Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine."
We get introduced to Rick Blaine, a gin joint owner in Casablanca surrounded by an almost villainous aura. Rick's moral values are tested as he sooner than late ends up in a suffocating love triangle. He finds himself at a crossroads during one point. That's when his cynical nature clashes with his noble beliefs. It's a representation of society fighting for its values.
Performances by both Hollywood icons Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman are nothing less than seamless but credit should to be given to each supporting actor as well. From a narrative point, each character plays a significant part throughout the story. As with each shot, nothing gets lost. Each frame tells a story by itself.
Casablanca is a stylistically polished gem that oozes that recognizable charm of that era. Full of visual details and great use of light and shadow, accentuating the frame of mind of a certain individual. The costume, sound and set production combined with immaculate choreography are an absolute feast for the senses. With this in mind, it also offers intimate, engaging dialogue and clever subtext. Orchestrated in a team-effort fashion with director Michael Curtiz as the unifying factor, we're presented with an astounding result. A perfectly-paced melodrama at its finest and executed in its purest form.
Rick Blaine: "Here's looking at you, kid."