May 30, 2012

I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang

I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang, 1932. A man escapes from a brutal chain gang.

Directed by Mervyn LeRoy. Written by Howard J. Green & Brown Holmes, based on a book by Robert E. Burns. Starring Paul Muni.

Concept: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Story: 3/4 (Good)
Characters: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Dialog: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Pacing: 3/4 (Good)
Cinematography: 3/4 (Good)
Special effects/design: 3/4 (Good)
Acting: 3/4 (Good). With moments of greatness.  (Although, it is distracting how Paul Muni is James Franco.)
Music: 2/4 (Indifferent). What's there is good, but this is from what I think of as the Awkward Silence Era, before they figured out how to use film scores.
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good, 3/4). It's in clear violation of my biggest movie pet peeve, the Wicked Nazi Step-Mother (i.e., extreme and unambiguous injustice as antagonist), but it's good enough to make up for that.
Objective Rating (Average): 2.6/4 (Good).

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