Best Picture Reviews: The French Connection


After hearing both positive and negative things about this film, I wasn’t quite sure what to think. The film is advertised as ‘an out and out thriller’, making it, like Tom Jones, seems to be a infusing choice for a Best Picture winner. But is it a good film?

The plot is… well, you tell me. A good guy is chasing a bad guy. That’s my guess.

Yeah, let me start off by saying that this is not one of those movies that you can just leave
on in the background. You NEED to pay close attention to every line of dialogue, otherwise you’ll have no idea what this movie is about. And I have a history of not being too focused, so I missed it. At least 2001 was kind of supposed to be confusing, and that film was a formalistic film that wasn’t too focused on story. This film is realism and it’s clearly meant to be a story-based narrative.

To me, one of the basic rules of storytelling is that the audience has to understand the story. Because if they don’t, then they won’t know what the characters are fighting for, and won’t be rooting for them.

But, with that said, I can see what the movie was trying to do. The director is definitely trying to do something different with the realism style. The brisk editing is prominent throughout the film’s duration, especially during the famous car chase. This film did certainly have an atmosphere all it’s own, and I respect it for that.

However, I feel like a good film should make you identify with its characters, so you can understand what they’re going through and be more affected by what happens to them. And that’s why this film was a big disappointment for me. I’m sorry that the past two reviews have been pretty negative. But don’t worry. I’m sure the next film is gonna make me an offer I won’t be able to refuse.


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