Looks great and is well acted, but the pacing is turgid
I raise my stein to the builder who can remove ghettos without removing people as I hail the chef who can make omelettes without breaking eggs.
Robert Moses; Open letter to Robert Caro, refuting many of the claims in Caro's biography of Moses, The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York (August 26, 1974)
Have you ever felt, in the course of reading a detective novel, a guilty thrill of relief at having a character murdered before he can step onto the page and burden you with his actual existence? Detect... read the rest.
It's a difficult task to pace a noir for a modern audience, and you can feel the two and a half hour runtime. The story is interesting and the parallels to America in the present day are welcomed, but there isn't enough tonal balance to contrast all the shadowy moodiness. The plot is on the more convoluted side, and you'd imagine that with it being a story about following a trail of clues, 'Motherless Brooklyn' would reward repeat viewings - but I'm not sure I would optionally sit through all of it again. There is nothing inherently wrong with this film, bar some odd edits and framing choices,... read the rest.
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