Destiny (Der müde Tod) (1921) - Movie Review

Sunday, October 29, 2017

poster for Destiny (Der Der müde Tod) (1921)

When a woman's fiancé disappears, Death gives her three chances to save him from his fate. (IMDB)

Rating: NR
Runtime: 1 hour 54 minutes
Genre(s): Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Released: October 6th, 1921
Directed by: Fritz Lang
Written by: Fritz Lang & Thea von Harbou
Starring: Bernhard Goetzke, Lil Dagover, Walter Janssen

Although it drags a bit in the beginning and in my opinion is not Fritz Lang's best, this was actually a very good film. The story is a little predictable at times and due to the way it is told, there are some questionable moments involving the stereotyping of multiple cultures. 

The way it was filmed though was amazing. The tinting was beautiful and fit perfectly. I also feel like I could easily fangirl over how Lang uses stairs in not just Destiny, but all of his films. They are never just stairs and instead are used to help portray the mood of the moment in the movie (from ominous to sad or even peaceful). During the early parts that dragged, I found myself feeling a little disappointed but by the end, I was almost in tears at how powerful some of the scenes and actions were. This is definitely a must-watch for anyone who loves cinema.

Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 8/10

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