December 5, 2012


Destiny, 1921. A woman challenges Death for the life of her fiancé.

Directed by Fritz Lang. Written by Lang & Thea von Harbou. Starring Lil Dagover, Walter Janssen & Bernhard Goetzke.

Concept: 4/4 (Great)
Story: 1/4 (Bad)
Characters: 1/4 (Bad)
Dialog: 1/4 (Bad)
Pacing: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Cinematography: 4/4 (Great)
Special effects/design: 3/4 (Good)
Acting: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Music: 3/4 (Good)
Subjective Rating: 4/10 (Eh, 2/4). It's divided into five segments, each with a distinct tone. The first three are pretty good - first a folktale-ish horror story, followed by a couple adventure-packed melodramas. Then it goes suddenly and horrendously racist. After that, returning to the original story for its conclusion, I'd completely lost interest in the movie. Sadly, one part bad movie plus four parts good movie adds up to one bad movie.
Objective Rating (Average): 2.3/4 (Okay)

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