It's been a few years since I first saw "The French Connection", but I got to see it again when I volunteered at a screening of it. I actually think that I ended up liking the film less this time than I did the first time that I saw it.
I probably wasn't able to pay as much attention to the film as I could have, as I had a hard time hearing the dialogue. Regardless, the film is still easy to follow, which is both a good and a bad thing. On one hand, it means that the visual storytelling is great. On the other hand, it means that the plot is rather simple (likely because it has been done countless times afterwards). The film only kept me halfway interested, but had enough exciting moments to draw me back in when I was about to zone out. The writing also has some pretty bad flaws to it. For example, the film has an ambiguous ending, then goes to a "where are they now" ending, counteracting the great ambiguity. The characters also aren't the most well-developed, as the script focuses more on developing the story rather than the characters.
The film was very well-done in a technical sense. The cinematography was great, especially in the fight and chase scenes. Action scenes are well-choreographed, even giving us one of the most famous car chases in film history. The score is also very interesting and fitting for the tone of the film.
So overall, "The French Connection" is an important, but overrated cop film. It is worth seeing for its notoriety, but it probably didn't deserve best picture.
The French Connection
Big Tuna's Rating: B
Where Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: Yes.
Would I Watch It Again?: Probably.
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