The Maltese Falcon Review
In this noir classic, detective Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) gets more than he bargained for when he takes a case brought to him by a beautiful but secretive woman (Mary Astor). As soon as Miss Wonderly shows up, trouble follows as Sam’s partner is murdered and Sam is accosted by a man (Peter Lorre) demanding he locate a valuable statuette. Sam, entangled in a dangerous web of crime and intrigue, soon realizes he must find the one thing they all seem to want: the bejeweled Maltese falcon.(goggle plot)
The Maltese Falcon’ is the granddaddy of the modern detective movie as its the debut of John Huston as a flim director along with it made Humphrey Bogart a star as its based upon a Dashiell Hammett’s novel as this movie is a groundbreaking crime drama.
Samuel Spade played by Humphrey Bogart is what we call the classic detective of noir as he truly crafts out a wonderful role as he brought to life on the screen a new type of hardboiled detective who was destined to become the template for a whole succession of others who would appear in numerous films noirs particularly in the 1940s and 1950s.Peter Lorre’s Joel Cairo was a resolute picture of classic villainy as truly nails home such a wonderfully crafted out role. He plays the role with such a cool charm and wit that brings to life a Dashiell Hammett character in a way that really does bring out such a collective charm as he does such a wonderful role. Mary Astor truly is wonderful in her role as Brigid O’Shaughnessy is a striking picture of feminine deceit and betrayal. She is a confirmed liar whom can be just as deadly as she is beautiful as she can make love to Bogart’s character one mine then almost kill him the next. Her performance is surely one of the screens finest ever crafted as she really brings home this complex dame to the screen.
The screenplay by John Huston wonderfully crafts out a wonderful screenplay as its one of the finest noir classics all time. The plot of this movie takes the novel of the same name to screen with impressively written dialog and dark humor that is delivers wonderful acting of this sharp screenplay. The direction of this movie is wonderful for a debut of a director with wonderful cinematography. The The film’s high contrast B&W lighting renders an effective noir look and feel that would be copied for ages to come. This the prime directive classic that set the bar for noir to come.
The characters are complex. The acting is just wonderful. The screenplay brings novel to screen with perfection. The direction truly is outstanding. The cinematography is wonderful. The dialogue is wonderfully crafted out for each scene. This is a classic that takes a classic novel bringing it to screen with such charm that it makes it one of the finest book to movies ever crafted out on the screen. This is a classic movie that you should watch today.