Chinatown [FQ13 Review 7]


A murder mystery wrapped up in a political/economic plot mixed in with some serious family issues. It’s praise comes from not getting too convoluted.


Why I Saw It: I have a list of films which were nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award and I’m trying to see as many of them as possible.

What Was It About? A private detective investigating an adultery case stumbles on to a scheme of murder that has something to do with water.

Rating: 7.9 out of 10

Memorable Performances: The cocky, charismatic and intense prototypical Jack Nicholson performance was on display here, and it wasn’t in the way he sometimes smirkingly projects the fact that he knows how cool he is, which is refreshing.

Potential Nominations for Film Quest ’13:  

  • none

Favorite Parts: There really weren’t any particular scenes from this film which stood out as “favorites”.

The Regrettable Aspects: The film felt like it was too long. Whether it was the pacing, or the maze of a plot, it just felt like it took too much travel to get through the film.

Would I watch it again? I probably won’t watch it again, unless someone recommends I see the sequel, in which case I might revisit this one.

To Whom Would I Recommend It?  To anyone who is a big fan of Jack Nicholson, or enjoys tightly-woven, complex plots.



2 responses to “Chinatown [FQ13 Review 7]

  1. No good scenes. The best moment is Faye Dunaway’s line (which we won’t show here because it’s a considerably big spoiler)

    Chinatown is a cool homage to 40’s film noir but even more darker. Also check out Network.

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