Title: The Maltese Falcon
Length: 101 minutes
Director: John Huston
Writer: John Huston, based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett
Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George, Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, Elisha Cook Jr.
Music: Adolph Deutsch
Distinctions: Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (Greenstreet); currently #83 on IMDb’s Top 250
Synopsis: Humphrey Bogart, solving a mystery and loving every minute of it
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), yesterday
Story: Indifferent. I expected something twisty and turny. The movie’s more about how Bogart’s character copes with having no idea what’s going on than it is about the “mystery.” Which would be fine, but it still goes through all the motions of being a detective story.
Dialog: Good. Often corny, as it should be, but unfortunately not over-the-top corny.
Pacing: Indifferent. Too fast.
Special effects/design: Great.
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good). Excellently directed and adapted, but the plot just isn’t all that compelling.
Objective Rating: 3.1/4 (Very good).