The Sting (1973) = C-
Really? Have you seen many TV productions from the 1970s? Also the cutting perfectly captured the feel of a 1930s movie and the dialog has a real punch to it. Maybe it wasn’t your cup of tea but The Sting is a long way from being badly made or cheap. I only saw it for the first time a few years ago and it is one of my all time favorite films now. To each their own and I guess if you compare it to something made today it looks like it was made for Tv, but it is a period piece that takes place in doors so I do have to wonder what you were expecting from a 43 year old film of this type. Did you expect them to spend money where it wasn’t needed and ad car chases and explosions just to make the movie look like it cost more?
I am not trying to be insulting, I am just wondering what you expected from a movie of this type and age. At the time it was made Hollywood was still recovering from the problems of the late 60s, so things were having to be kept on budget but I have to say if you have seen any photos of the 30s, this film does look like the 30s, only in colour and if you watch a lot of films from the period it has the same style of editing.
At least I think that explains why people love this film so much.
Sorry I just reread what I wrote and I noticed that it may come off as too combative, that was not my intent. I was simply trying to explain why this movie is so loved and understand what you mean by saying that it looked cheap. I know people who don’t like The Sting but I have never heard anyone accuse it of looking cheap before so I was trying to understand that.
Sorry if I gave the impression this was personal or I was rude in any way.
It must be a style thing for me on this one. For some reason, Paper Moon worked as a period piece, The Sting did not. I understand what they were going for, I just am not a huge fan of that style. The make up scar pealing off Redford in one scene got under my skin.
“Live and Let Die” B-
I like this one. The scene where Bond meets Rosie is one of Moore’s best scenes of his entries in the series. His face expressions are priceless, and his double entendre delivery is top notch. Never boring.
Yeah and it has the best theme tune of any Bond film.
I’ll have to keep an eye out for the scare coming off, I have never noticed that before, that is a fun blooper to look for next time. That’s up there with the Storm Trooper banging his head on that door in Star Wars when it comes to 70s film bloopers where they should have done a second take.
Still maybe I am a little soft on the movie just because seeing Uncle Martin be part of a plan to rip off Quint from Jaws is worth the price of admission on it’s own in my book.