I recently saw the movie Public Enemies, about John Dillinger and his gang. It wasn't actually that interesting. I wanted to get hold of the movie Brick as well, which is meant to have dialogue done in a Film Noir kind of way, even if set in modern times. Anyone here who has seen it, and can tell me if it is any good?
Brick is one of my top films of all time.
Go in expecting an excellent hard-boiled noir piece and you won't be disappointed.
Brick is not full on old fashioned noir, but it is definitely influenced by, and takes elements from, noir.
It's really good. Marlow as a teenager, sort of.
It's an excellent example of Neo Noir. Essentially, Rian Johnson took an old-fashioned noir story and set it in a high school, drawing on the connections between those cliques and the archetypes common in period noir. While this may sound silly, and it has been done badly in other works (e.g. Assassination of a High School President), Johnson's meticulous attention to the conventions of the genre, as well as leaning heavily towards a cynical worldview, make sure that the plot plays out with deadly seriousness.
Johnson is an incredible writer, with a considerable talent for razor-sharp dialogue. I don't think that there's an extraneous line in the entire film; they all set up something or explain someone's motivation. It's also clear that he studied the works of Dashiell Hammett very thoroughly before he began work on the script. There's actually a novella-length treatment of the story that you can download from his website which makes his influence even more clear.
All this is by the way of saying "Yes. Go see. Now."
Agree whole-heartedly. See this NOW. Netflick it NOW. Stream it if you have to.
The look is 2000's California High School, but the feel and camerawork and dialog are pure Noir. I'll call it a "must see" for Dieselpunks.
It does certainly sound like it's worth watching. Thanks guys.