Dir. Roman Polanski
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One of the greatest movies of all time, Chinatown, directed by Roman Polanski, was released nationally in 1974. Three years later in 1977, Roman Polanski was arrested for raping a 13-year-old girl. Rape by use of drugs, perversion, sodomy, lewd and lascivious act upon a child under 14, and furnishing a controlled substance to a minor. And instead of being locked up for 20 years, the day before his sentencing he fled to France and has lived a rich and free life.
I ask you to NEVER support Roman Polanski by way of purchasing one of his flicks. I, Chase S******n, would never support this man financially in any way. But do whatever you have to to watch Chinatown. Rent Chinatown on iTunes! Watch it on Netflix! Find a torrent of it! If you haven't already, you're missing out.
I good writer doesn't let things like this cloud his judgement so I'm clicking the soap box button off and getting back to work.
***Official review begins here...
J.J. Gettis, played by Jack Nicholson, is a former detective turned private-eye. At one point he earns the nickname "kitty cat", not because he wanted to earn it, but rather because he was snooping around where gangsters didn't want him. But this is what J.J. Gettis does for a living, he snoops around. Gettis is a private-eye who makes a good living being hired by individuals who want to find out if their mate is cheating on them. Not exactly the most well respected job in town, but he makes a good living off of it; and he's good at his job. Real good. Something gained by years of experience in detective work, working in the worst part of town... Chinatown.
The movie is driven around the mystery of two things: who killed Hollice Mulwray, and where is the water going? Those two things entail murder, incest, greed, corruption and lies. You can tell early on that when Mr. Gettis Starts something, he is going to finish it. Who killed Hollice Mulwray, and where is the water going? I think that's part of the reason him and Faye Donaway's character, Evelyn Mulwray get along so well. They both are dead set on getting what they want. Who killed Hollice Mulwray, and where is the water going?
Not many people get along with Jack Nicholsons character very much. He is as cocky as they come. So while Gettis is snooping around and the gangsters come up on him "you're a very nosy fella kitty cat. You know what happens to nosy fellas? Huh, wanna guess? Huh, no. They lose their noses." the man proceeds to cut his nose wide open. So Gettis walks around almost the rest of the entire movie with a giant bandage covering his nose. I love that. In most movies if a guy gets punched in the face and gets a black eye, the next day it's completely gone. But that cut is a constant reminder of who Gettis is. "What happened to your nose, Gittes? Somebody slammed a bedroom window on it?"
Jake Gittes: "Nope. Your wife got excited. She crossed her legs a little too quick. You understand what I mean, pal?" I mentioned he was cocky right? Cocky and badass. Some people say that this was Jack Nicholsons best role, I tend to agree.
I love the M/TV board, but I know i'm already at the to;dr portion of this write up, so I'll make it quick...
The movie is set in the 1930's, made in 1974 as mention. To this day, you watch the movie and you feel like you're in 1937. It's hard to explain how well done this movie is. If you were to just read the plot, you would think this was an episode from Days of Our Lives. But i've only seen a few movies that have done the "I'm living this movie right now" feeling quite like this. Nothing in this film is hard to imagine. I don't like saying it, but well done Mr. Polanski. Well done.
If J.J. Gettis had his way he would have never gone back to Chinatown. But he didn't blink when he had to. I've never ended one of my write ups with a quote from a movie. I like them to be a story that maybe one or two people read. I might not be good at writing but I enjoy it. So limiting quotes has been something I've always done. But...
"Forget it, Chase. It's Chinatown."