Browning’s version of the opposite side of the coins on emotions i.e. love and hate, is able to justify both of it thoroughly with unbiased perspective.
Browning’s version of the opposite sides of the coin on emotions i.e. love and hate, is able to justify both of it thoroughly with unbiased perspective. Very few tales justify the agendas or logistics of the antagonist let along narrate through it. This clearly suggests how ahead of time Browning’s vision is. And now to have an idea is one thing and to project it on screen is another, and with gripping screenplay and adaptive concept the story enfolds each puzzle layer by layer that puts you in a tight spot before jumping on any conclusion. And it is that parallel track that it chooses to venture that fuels this film to the thrill it possess.
Now as far as the triangle love story, that it has weaved, is concerned, there is no doubt on whose side you are supposed to be, but with Chaney’s majestic performance, for a brief period he will lure you in, in his webs of lies and deceits. It also has a strong illuminating background story that factors in effectively along with even the props and the backdrop of the set pieces that joins in majorly on the storytelling. Aforementioned, Chaney’s performance elevates the film’s drama to a whole new level, from being overprotective to be overpowered by obsession and rage.
Crawford as the love interest and Kerry as a gullible good boy are convincing enough to drive this melodrama. The primary reason why we fall for Chaney’s character, along with his performance, is his hardworking nature and his relationship with his friend that shows us the softer humane side of his. The Unknown would surely be an unknown tale for the audience at that stage, not because of the trajectory that it takes you to but the enthralling procedure that it has for you, it is and will be Chaney’s journey.