21st century and Metropolis influence is still being seen to this day within film, books and video games. The man machines in science fiction, the dystopian architecture of the buildings and vehicles, the slave of the working class underground and aristocrat's in the sky of hierarchical society. What could people think in 1927 when it first came on screen? Terrified or in awe of it's future industrial utopia vision.
It's madness that this film is still so compellingly watchable. It shows the timelessness of it's story and the power of it's images. It's everything you want from the classic dystopian society overthrow by the underdog. Sure the romance is a bit melodrama but for a film like this to be so timeless shows what a feat it is.
A film that is a museum piece on your screen. Not watchable in a suspenseful manner, but as a study object: one pinders about how creative and pragmatic the makers of this film were while at the same time keeping a very great dedication to photography, cast direction and lighting. Interesting curation indeed!
Surprisingly politically relevant and well written, Metropolis is a beautifully constructed take down of the industrial machine, and its central character has far more depth than in most of its contemporaries. The practical effects hold up decently well, and the production design is fantastic even by today's standards.