It may have been expecting too much for THE TWO JAKES to have been a film on the high order of its predecessor, CHINATOWN. But this sequel has more going against it than having to follow in the footsteps of that brilliant film--surely one of the best movies of the past 20 years, possibly
one of the finest films of all time. Where the original had the impeccable structure and fearsome momentum of a classical tragedy, the sequel is a loose, meandering, and murky affair that isn't even particularly good on its own, comparatively modest terms. Set in post-WW II Los Angeles, THE TWO
JAKES begins, as CHINATOWN did, in the office of Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson), a private...