Watched a cinematic gem last night called Brick. I didn’t immediately like the movie, but slowly it grew on me and before I knew it, I was completely wrapped up in the story. Admittedly I had trouble following the dialogue at certain points, but that probably also had something to do with the fact that there were no subtitles. I’d love to watch it again, because this is something new, something fresh, but mixed with an older genre. Brick is a Film Noir meets high school flick. Or put in a different way: teens put in a 1940s detective story environment. As odd as that sounds, it just works. Not only does it work, it’s fucking brilliant.
A film noir set in high school sounds like an exercise in pretentiousness, but director Rian Johnson’s gamble pays off with a film that’s smart, even brilliant — from the rapid-fire dialogue to the twisty murder plot. And Joseph Gordon-Levitt, all grown up from ‘Third Rock,’ is the coolest gumshoe this side of Humphrey Bogart.