3 July 2019 | gottdeskinos
I can only recommend this movie to you if you read the book
The book by Erich Kästner, which this is based on, was a contemporary report about the life in Berlin between the two World Wars. The author demonstrated a cynical sense of what was to come: political doom. It is a pessimistic look on modern city life with crippled veterans in the streets, nazis fighting with communists, unemployment, a struggling government, a manipulative press and yet a wild nightlife with plenty of amusement in brothels.
Granted, the movie displays a great deal of these themes. Sadly, it fails to get the tone right. It felt like it aspired to be a romantic comedy at times. When the protagonist goes about his day cheerful whistle music kicks in to get us to the next scene. It convinces a carelessness within Fabian about his decaying environment which is not the point at all. The most important detail about the book was the protagonist's ironic comments about the lack of morality and the movie features little of this.
I can only recommend this movie to people who read the source material. It does have memorable scenes. But in total, I'll bet you'll have very different emotions.