A largely un-Kubrickian, Kubrick film. The Killing is often called a film-noir picture, but is more a procedural-heist film and is typical in its plot. Sadly more classical in its directing style, lacking that genre's (and the director's later) formalism, while its narrative is also classical, being much too neat, too agreeable, too standardized, and is quite uninventive in its telling. Sub-par Kubrick.
Kubrick's first masterful film is partly indebted to its time, partly ahead of it, but that just shows how masters have to work within trends before shattering them. It's a crackling triumph whose perverse touches make it the first fully Kubrickian microcosm: a delusional battle of order against chaos. As bonus, producer James B. Harris was at the screening to tell stories about when Stanley was young and hungry.
Kubricks best film. The camerawork is beautiful, and the new criterion blu ray shows it off in all its glory. The ensemble cast is a veritable whos who of elite Hollywood character actors of the time, with Hayden shining in the lead role. I admittedly despise most Kubrick films, this, Spartacus, and Dr. Strangelove are exceptions. Essential noir
An expert noir that is just as intriguing for its behind-the-scenes shenanigans. The clash of egos between a 26 year old Kubrick and a reputed cinematographer (Lucien Ballard) is a clear sign that Kubrick's meticulous attitude to the aesthetic would lead him on beyond previous greats. That dolly shot is ground-breaking. Glad that Kubrick 25mm lens beat off Ballard's request for a 50mm one further back.
Very cool heist movie with a stylish, noir vibe. Its got this great, fun structure that gradually puts all these puzzle pieces of the caper together until, at the climax, you can finally see the full picture. Unfortunately, I found that "full picture" a bit unsatisfying after all the tense build up. Still worth the ride though. I give it a solid B.