The past few months have seen me on a bit of a B&W movie feast and at some point I’ll probably talk a bit on the bloggy about why I like them so much, but I’ve mostly been thinking about how different the heroes are in many of them. Or maybe I should say “anti-heroes” because really that’s what they are (the heroes being unambiguously heroic).
Unlike the modern anti-hero who is a con man, a hit man or someone who has so many character flaws it’s hard for them to redeem themselves convincingly at all, these are essentially good guys. What makes them not heroic enough to be heroes though, is that they’re a bit dumb. They bumble a bit and don’t make good decisions. Half the time they flounder through and mostly “save the day” through a dose of luck and tenacity.
If you’ve ever seen/read The 3rd Man or Farewell, My Lovely you’ll know what I mean.
I like them better. They’re more human, and I don’t have to work so hard to look past their faults.