Bad Guys I

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The Killing

Tweet Review by Dean Duncan Jan 15, 2015 @deanduncan63

Saw Kubrick’s #TheKilling.┬áThe chronology is tricksy, but the film’s o’er-narration puts it more into the realm of pulp than high-modernism …

… Great pulp, mind, what w’ J. Thompson’s acid spewing dialogue & SK’s cataclysmically confident camera moves. Windsor! Carey!!

#TheKilling clearly demonstrates the basic moral neutrality of protagonism; we at least partly want these bad guys to succeed …

… because we see the whole situation through their eyes. To some, to some substantial degree, subjectivity = sympathy.

#TheKilling. Actually, moral watchdogs (Hays Office, Legion of Decency, Production Code, etc.) what’s wrong w’ letting the bad guys win …

… once in a while? These goody-goody moralistic endings can be annoying! And speaking of immoral sympathies …

… that is some spectacularly brutal gunfight, with an equally spectacular & brutal aftermath!