Once again, Fritz Lang entrances and mesmerizes--I never thought I would be so completely transfixed on a movie about a cake. Huge spoiler tag because any thing else about the movie would give the whole thing away.
The surrealist elements in here didn't disappoint, the ones that capture the imagination and bring the movie beyond a spy thriller to the creativity and heightened vision that permeates Mr. Lang's films.
Blind man who isn't really blind, the mystery cake, the old woman who youthens, very large scissors, and danger and dread in the shadows that's both real and imagined, and a hero who is thoroughly flawed, there's no way around it. I was afraid that the love story was going to overpower the movie but it didn't--and the ending, ironic and quick, was highly satisfying to me, rather than cheesy or disappointing. This is actually considered not as good as a movie as Mr. Lang's other films, but it's evident from this movie that a master is at work.