Motherless Brooklyn, 7.3/10, attempts to pay homage to the conventional cinematic tropes you would expect from a noir crime thriller. Edward Norton has written, directed and starred in this film yet has avoided falling into the vanity trap. Norton plays a detective with tourette’s who has to go under cover as a reporter in order to get to the bottom of who killed his boss.
Norton’s character is a likeable, sympathetic lead. He plays someone with such a condition very convincingly and that is no easy task. But it was Alec Baldwin who stole the show in this film for me. The film is set in 1950s New York and Baldwin absolutely came alive in his role as the big bad city councilman. On a whole this film is entertaining and the mystery within the narrative had me hooked. However it did very much feel like an impression of the classic noir. Smooth jazz with a narration from the main character, tick. So on and so on. It may be the lack of directing experience from Norton which was the reason that Motherless Brooklyn didn’t do anything beyond what I would expect. It is hard to not view a film on the run up to Oscars without being so critical and I do want to repeat that this is a really gripping crime thriller, however it is far from an awards contender.
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Entertainment (of its genre): 7/10
Overall rating….. 7.3/10
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