reviews vary wildly in tone and quality
The second act is so good that I can overlook the plodding finish. An anthology of sexed-up fairy tales, luxuriously narrated by Idris Elba. The visual design in these segments are what really put it over the top for me - every scene you’re treated to some new interior shot of ornate art, deep rich red tapestries, lapis lazuli. Made me howl for more. Do we really have any bench depth in Western film for the Arabian Nights (or any Arab folklore) besides “The Thief of Baghdad” from like 80 years ago? I’m ready to buy. Miniseries. Pick up the phone Tim Apple!
there’s def an interesting mcafee doc someone could make, but two pea-brain vice journalists are not the ones to do it. at one point mcafee goes “maybe the Joker is the best description of me” and it’s played as this like chilling moment lmao
In high school, I saw this in a very small theater with my dad and in the row in front of us were two very old ladies, and when Humphrey Bogart said “here’s looking at you, kid” they swooned into each other’s arms and went “ooooooh”
i’m not sure it occurs to everyone who watches this now, but this movie came out in 1942, when Nazis really were occupying Paris, and might forever; many of the actors singing “La Marseillaise” in the famous scene where they drown out the Nazis were French refugees (including Madeleine Lebeau, whose tears were not scripted.)