It's all about Bogie (being Bogie the entire film) and Bacall (sexy as hell). This is not the kind of chemistry we see all the time: they're unique and the looks, the gestures and, most of all, the dialogues are immaculately wonderful. The storytelling is way too cracked, but who cares? One of my favorite noir films, with no doubt.
One of the best American films noir ever made. Astonishing supporting cast including a 21 years old Dorothy Malone as a sexy bookkeeper, Elisha Cook Jr. as an unlucky boyfriend and Martha Vickers as Bacall's alcoholic and nymphomaniac younger sister. A film that doesn't grow old.
Slick, sharply-scripted, self-assured noir of the genre's heyday -- convoluted as all hell (Hawkes and Chandler even admitted they were lost during production), but really, the plot is just an excuse for talented stars to glower in smoky rooms, barrel through the rain in expensive cars and spout singularly, giddily clever and cynical dialogue. Style over substance, sure, but man, what style.
I'm sorry, but I've seen this movie like three times and I still don't understand it entirely. It's like reading Tolstoy--just so many characters. Maybe it would help if I wrote them down...I'll have to give this movie another go soon.
The Big Sleep is an unrelenting series of screw jobs that keeps the viewer on their toes and at times just as much of a victim as the parade of suckers that compose the cast of supporting characters. Bogart and Bacall's chemistry is undeniable and the movie is a big-scale example of film noir at its finest. The dialogues is superb and the scene with Dorothy Malone left me with a new definition for the word "wanting."
Everything comes together here for a classic noir. The script from Faulkner, Brackett, and Furthman makes Chandler's dialog crackle. Hawks' direction is superb as usual. And the chemistry and attraction between Bogart and Bacall is electric. A classic example of noir that should be seen by all fans of classic cinema.