#242: The Big Sleep (1946)

When and how did I watch this?

August 27th and 28th, 2015, on Primewire on my laptop.

Had I seen this film already?

No.

What did I know about the movie before watching it?

Bogart and Bacall.  Once again, I had high expectations.

What do I know about it now?

Too complicated; it was like trying to improve a mousetrap. The leads are okay, but I felt like I didn’t know who or what was going on otherwise.  I had to read a summary afterward to figure out what I’d seen. I love intricate movies, but it felt like someone poured me a suicide from 7-Eleven and said I should like it.

What are some themes in the film?

Murders and plot twists, none of which were particularly effective devices in the narrative. It’s a mystery flick; they all kinda have the same elements.

Did this affect me personally?

No.

Why is this ranked #242?

Because Humphrey Bogart is a tough guy and Lauren Bacall is a babe.  Otherwise, no clue.

Did my wife watch/like it?

She was as lost as I was.

Would I watch it again?

No.

Would I recommend it to a friend?

You might get more out of it than I did.

Does it deserve to be on this list as one of the greatest films of all time?

Probably, only because it starred two incredible screen actors in their primes. I could have gone without it, however.

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