Motherless Brooklyn (2019)

R   |    |  Crime, Drama, Mystery

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In 1950s New York, a lonely private detective afflicted with Tourette's Syndrome ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend.


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3 November 2019 | velvet_zoo
6/10 Chinatown Rehashed with Nice Cars
While this postmodern film noir goes to great lengths to set up and execute a somewhat over complicated mystery plot it really is not so hard to foresee most of the twists and turns. As if this film had been made before, minus a tourette ridden protagonist.The murders make little sense if you think about it - but then again the art direction is beautifully photographed and its fun to see Norton and an entourage of a few more movie stars appearing together one one film.

I wish I would have liked it more and I wonder why it did not grab me. Maybe the term "postmodern film noir" is not the right way to describe it. Maybe they tried too hard to get there - somehow it did not pass the benchmark. Instead it sometimes felt like a few episodes of an online streaming series that hold your attention just enough to not walk out.

This movie might have worked better if I had not seen Chinatown, a true classic and a somewhat similar mystery on many levels, in terms of story, music and acting.

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