Quick-Thoughts: Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

In some ways, I agree with Letterboxder Demi Adejuyigbe in that “…it feels like your run of the mill Sunday afternoon TCM procedural…” However, in other ways, I also agree with Variety in that “Preminger purposely creates situations that flicker with uncertainty, that may be evaluated in different ways. Motives are mixed and dubious, and, therefore, sustain interest.” The habitual mystery, the “must-have” crime-thriller formulas, and the archetypal characters may not appear as bohemian or as surprising as one would hope it to be, but its the long-term thematic adventure and the multi-perceivings of the case that is to be admired in Otto Preminger’s Anatomy of a Murder

It’s easy to overlook how important a lawyer’s twist of the words can be when perceiving an affair with plenty of evidence backed up behind it. Humans tend to be reduced by the pretty sentences that we can vocally produce. Moral examination has that ability to oversee a murder, and manipulation can indeed hold up in a court of law. Anatomy of Murder is a game, and it’s all about who will win, and who will lose—not truths and lies.  

Two hours and forty-one minutes and I was not once bored. That’s certainly saying something. 

Verdict: B

“Anatomy of Murder” is now available to stream on Amazon Prime, Fandango Now, Vudu, Google Play, Apple TV, YouTube, and The Criterion Channel.

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