"Laura" to me was very reminiscent of "Citizen Kane" in terms of its storytelling. There was an investigation in the (then) present and then flashbacks to deliver the backstory. Only, whereas I found "Citizen Kane" to be slow at times and have a pointless ending (Rosebud was really that!!!), I felt that "Laura" was very interesting. The writing was amazing. The plot kept me constantly guessing with a big, unexpected twist that came in the middle that threw off my theory.
The acting was great. My favorite actor was Clifton Webb as Waldo who delivered some lines that should be considered iconic. Gene Tierney was also great as the eponymous Laura, stealing the show every time she is on screen.
"Laura" was an excellent movie in my opinion. It constantly enthralled me and succeeded in everything that a mystery film should. It is an example of film noir in its finest, and definitely earned its spot in the AFI's Top 10 Mystery Films. I think that it may even rival some of the greats like "Vertigo" to be one of the best movies I have ever seen.
Big Tuna's Rating: A+
How Did I Watch It?: Netflix.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.