The 1957 American drama film 12 Angry Men is based on the same-named teleplay by Reginald Rose. Sidney Lumet directed it. The movie takes place in a courtroom in New York City, where a jury tries to decide whether a teenage boy is guilty of killing his father. In 1958, it was up for three Oscars: best picture, director, and best-adapted screenplay. Many people think it is one of the best movies ever made because it has great acting, sharp dialogue, and themes that make you think. Continue reading 12 Angry Men Movie Review to learn more about the film.
A young man is being held responsible for killing his father. Twelve people must decide if the young man is guilty or not being locked together in a room. Most think he did it, but one juror (Henry Fonda, R.I.P.) isn’t quite sure. So we follow him as he tries to convince the other jurors that this kid is innocent. So, we now have our courtroom-ish mystery. And I have to say that I was hooked on the story from the very first scene. This is a claustrophobic thriller in which men argue back and forth for 90 minutes about whether or not the kid is innocent or guilty, which is very interesting. A lot of suspense is built up throughout the flixtor, and a lot of things can happen. It’s a great plot.
We look closely at each character’s personality and how it affects their case thoughts. I can’t get into each one, but we get some wonderful character stuff here. They’re all great. They were all great: Henry Fonda, Martin Balsam, Lee J. Cobb, John Fiedler, E.G., Marshall, Jack Klugman, Edward Binns, Jack Warden, Joseph Sweeney, Ed Begley, George Voskovec, and Robert Webber (R.I.P.
The film’s score, by Kenyon Hopkins, is barely heard. One at the beginning, one at the conclusion. Nonetheless, the restricted use of music creates tension and makes those two musical moments feel more remarkable. Yet, the spacemov tunes are excellent.
Sidney Lumet directed Reginald Rose’s (R.I.P.) “12 Angry Men” (R.I.P.). This is amazing. Rose’s writing must be exceptional to keep viewers captivated in this claustrophobic atmosphere. His writing is fascinating, fortunately. The script doesn’t feel old like several from the era. But Rose writes well. Of course, Lumet directed well. It’s like an action movie with lots of movement. His direction adds tension here.
People liked this movie a lot. It has a “Fresh” rating and a 100% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It has a score of 96/100 on Metacritic. Roger Ebert gave it four out of four stars and included it on his list of “Great movies.” It has an 8.9/10 rating on imdb.com and is #5 on the “Top 250” list. The movie was also up for three Oscars: Best Picture, Best Director, and Best adapted screenplay.
The ending is neither happy nor sad; it’s just the end. Twelve strangers in a court case together came to an end, reached a decision, and went their separate ways. It’s as good an ending as we would ever get and much better than I thought most people could hope for.
This is a movie you have to see to believe. The actors and the script worked together perfectly to make the best performance possible. I really couldn’t have asked for anything better.