The Ninth Gate (1999)
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I have to agree with some comments here. This movie really captured my attention and created quite a thrilling atmosphere.
But especially towards the end I felt some disappointment because I had expected something more mysterious, just MORE anyway. Plus, I've watched it again since and (contrary to other movies) seeing it again did not change my mind.
I like the concept of this movie a lot. Searching for the book of the devil — count me in! I just felt the overall execution was a little tame. The “suspense” scenes weren’t really all that suspenseful. The way they staged some of the “action” scenes were just kind of awkward. And the pacing in the 3rd act was weird. Never seen to really hit that final stride like most thrillers do. The very very end though was pretty interesting imo.
There was a nice element of mystery throughout though and I enjoyed the book comparing scenes. It’s fun investigating with the lead character. But overall it just felt a little too tame. Felt like Johnny Depp’s character could have had more of an arc. Depp realllllly underplays it. Maybe too much so imo.
Still enjoyed the ride but just wish it was more suspenseful. Wouldn’t mind seeing a Fincher-like remake of this movie.
I just revisited this for the first time in 19 years. When I first watched it I deemed it one of the worst movies ever made. It's not, but it's so dumb. What a terrible movie. Very little drive and the ending is so unsatisfying. I don't hate it, I just hate that it's liked. It's not a good movie.
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