Gut Crushing Neo-Noir
I don’t know if the ending could have been any other way.
American Film Institute Ranking: #19/100
Academy Awards: Nominated for 11 winning one: Best Original Screenplay.
This movie gets a lot of hyperbole thrown its way with many people describing it as having the best script ever. I like it, just maybe not on that cataclysmic of a level.
I love noir with the unscrupulous detective, ineffective police, corrupt government, and gritty delivery. “Chinatown” is just another reincarnation, and with an intriguing mystery paired with a stomach-punch ending, it fulfills the expectations of the genre.