Dial M for Murder

Dial M for Murder ★★★½

I very much admired how self-consciously clinical its approach was, and how it scrutinized, played and experimented with time and structure in contrast to a more traditional murder plot.

At the same time the deliberately disconnected manner in which the story was told made it kind of difficult to wholeheartedly engage with. To be honest I had a hard time keeping up with it during the middle part, and towards the ending I got a bit frustrated how sidelined Grace Kelly's character got, even if there was a narrative point to that.

The way I see it, the greatest merit here was showing how much tension can be built up with just conversations, and how effortless it feels due to the top-notch filmmaking. I just wish it'd have clicked with me more strongly, there was definitely a lot of potential for that!

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