Motherless Brooklyn
First screened in October 2019
Director: Edward Norton. Cast: Edward Norton, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alec Baldwin, Bruce Willis, Bobby Cannavale, Dallas Roberts, Willem Dafoe, Robert Wisdom, Michael Kenneth Williams, Leslie Mann, Cherry Jones, Ethan Suplee, Radu Spinghel, Josh Pais, Peter Gray Lewis, Nelson Avidon, Erica Sweany, Fisher Stevens. Screenplay: Edward Norton (based on the novel by Jonathan Lethem).

Twitter Capsule: So depressing. Hideously lit and staged, from the opening. Whole cast comes off badly. At sea with its themes.

Second Capsule: It's a truly Ask the Dust-level belly-flop. I don't say that lightly.

VOR:   Credit to Norton for adapting a packed novel with a tricky protagonist and urgent themes that resist concision. A botch, I think, but not easy.



Photo © 2019 Warner Bros. Pictures

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: D–


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