A twisting, turning cloak-and-dagger delight, Night Train to Munich is a gripping comic confection from writers Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat and director Carol Reed, paced like an out-of-control freight train.
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The models they used for the camp and the train were comically bad. It is a bit of a silly film. I love Carol Reed, but casting Rex Harrison as a spy is a bit absurd. All his credibility goes out the window the first time you see him as singing showman. Paul Henreid, on the other hand, is perfect as the bad guy. Radford and Wayne provide comic relief.
The occasional bit of energy, but all too often lifeless and tension free. Clumsily plotted and written, comparisons with Hitchcock's far superior LADY VANISHES can't be avoided, and trust me on this, there's no comparison at all. At all.
"This is a fine country to live in." Accidentally watched this right after The Grand Budapest Hotel, and can't help but think Anderson borrowed some of its spirit. Trying to have manners and dignity in war-time is funny. What an akward couple. Gets better with each scene, and ends with a bang.
Don't put the fucking climactic last minute as your cover art, ya fucking gobshites. Otherwise an entertaining spy thriller thing that makes Nazis look like assholes, which for some reason kept Germany from releasing it there until 2011. Yeah, 2011. You did it. Admit it. Like that time I stole a playboy when I was 12. Wait. Shit. Ignore that last part.
Not a Great Movie but a fun little entertainment. Would be double the fun when paired with The Lady Vanishes (1938). Highlights: The model work reminds me of what was in my childhood imagination when playing with my Dinky Toys. Lockwood wears a coy outfit that draws disconcerting attention to certain anatomical parts. Rex and Paul cast meaningful glances at one another as if they had something very different in mind.
Starts out a little slow, but redeems itself near the end. I must admit that without any actual German spoken, and with very little in the way of German accents, it took me a while to differentiate between the German officers and the English ones.