Harper seems to be withdrawn from the life that he, and everyone else, lives. Frames consist of long, deep focus shots, almost as if the viewer is looking down a narrow corridor. Conrad Hall’s cinematography has an aesthetic of tangibility.
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The stakes are considerably higher than most espionage movies, too.
The piece is glued together by Michael Abel’s haunting score, which is orchestrated all throughout. It, alone, will make your skin crawl. Beyond the music and the cast, it’s Peele’s key framing, and consistent intercutting, that make for a delicate, yet insightful text about the way we view ourselves and the “other.”
Even though the end reveals most twists, the fate of our protagonist remains ambiguous as he fades into the black. It’s the perfect existential ending for a seemingly meaningless quest.
‘Goldfinger’ (1964) consisted of sharp storytelling and craftsmanship.
It’s a powerful and un-apologetically memorizing narrative, which marinates in themes of mystery, intrigue, truth, deception, jealousy, and fate. Culminating to an ending that transcends beyond what is imaginable to the average human perception, and yet, all too familiar.
Despite interesting room designs, the script lacks wit and execution. And that ending?