Conceptually, there's everything that should make me love this: sleazy 80s New York, surreal shenanigans, a story that happens during one night, Scorsese... None of this won me over completely and it kills me. Maybe if the pace had been more frantic and the general tone even more out there...? Still, worth watching and I can definitely understand the cult classic status.
Grime, but seductive, surroundings of 80s New York make a perfect scenery for this dark and moody comedy. Late hours of one single night are masterfully sodden with paranoia and restlessness, while the synth driven soundtrack - along with couple of oldies goldies - makes a perfect accompaniment. It shares the same DNA as "Blow-Up" and "Deep Red" but it stays true to its genre, thus being one of its hidden gems.
I love, love, LOVE this film. Incredible story- almost lynichan on reflection. Editing and cinematography was superb and seamless from start to finish. Although it is philosophical however it mediates between purely enjoyable whilst inferring subjective torment. This film makes my top 10 list.
After Hours is a film of pure style. The whole point of the film is to give the viewers a tightly wound thrill ride that while watching, are never allowed to breathe. This is made clear by the fact that the plot is essentially a classic "one damned thing leads to another". This film also employs insert shots of keys, photos, door knobs and other objects all to add to the sense of heightened tension.