Motherless Brooklyn (review)

Motherless Brooklyn (review)
Motherless Brooklyn (review)
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Edward Norton plays a private detective in 50s New York, who also happens to have Tourette Syndrome. Other than the expected twitches and outbursts, it didn’t add much interesting to his character. What was especially weird was that everyone in the movie freely accepted it (in the 50s!). Considering that he also wrote and directed, it’s pretty apparent that he was looking for an Oscar-bait showcase (remember Rain Man?). He’s learned a few things about making a movie, but sadly, his script rambles too much and his direction creates little emotional connection for him or any of the other relationships. The plot revolves around corrupt politicians and a scheme to displace black citizens for the sake of “progress.” The film does manage to capture some of the darker elements of film noir, but still lacks much stylistic punch. At 2.5 hours, the slow unraveling of the mystery has no real shocking revelations and lacks interesting depth. This is more a curiosity than an updated extension of the genre.

 

2 out of 5 stars (2 / 5)

 

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