In the various popular film genres of action, comedy, horror and sci-fi, the sub-genre crime thrillers have infiltrated themselves with mysteries, intrigues and narrative storytelling. While this particular niche area can be interpreted in different ways and in different avenues, the realm of serial murderer crime tales has been the more popular, with many focusing on their elusive stories of murder and case resolution as the fixed point of cinematic treatment. Because of this area, which deals with both detective work and the psyche mind of psychopaths, many have taken an interest in seeing such murderous serial killer stories and following the trail of the breadcrumbs to the narrative conclusion (and everything what happens in between) to track). Of course, Hollywood has produced many serial killer films, including some famous ones like the 1960s Psycho1991 The silence of the Lambs, 1995s Se7en, 1997s Kiss the girl, 1999s Bone collectorand 2007 Zodiac just to name a few. Now Warner Bros. Pictures and director John Lee Hancock present the latest film in the crime thriller genre with the title “Serial Capper Drama” The little things. Does this film make the production of a solid crime thriller or does it get lost in its own mess of dreariness and mystery?
John “Deke” Deacon (Denzel Washington), an assistant sheriff in rural California, has been asked to visit Los Angeles to gather evidence for an investigation. After Deke left town a few years earlier, he hesitates to return. Soon he will be reunited with the police department he left behind and feels a little uncomfortable going back to such a place. The department has a new detective on site with Jimmy Baxter (Rami Malek), an ego-driven man interested in Dee’s sudden presence. He encourages the senior officer to offer advice on the preliminary examination of a young woman in her home. This prompts Deke to recall a serial killer case that was unsolved in his day and send the deputy sheriff back into obsessive behavior that nearly destroyed his life. Deke reconnects with evidence suggesting the two cases are the same and begins his own investigation into the case. Hesitating at first, Baxter quickly steps into the foreground of Dee’s clues and soon targets Leo Sparma (Jared Leto), a local eccentric / creepy person who fits the profile and likes to test the detective’s limits with information about the murdered woman . As the case goes on, Deke and Baxter delve deeper and deeper into a whole that neither can get rid of … until the case is resolved.
THE GOOD / THE BAD
While this isn’t usually my favorite genre, I’ve seen many crime thrillers centered around serial killer cases. As I said in my first paragraph, the idea of designing a feature around such an idea is quite tempting and has a bit of that reality in its context. I mean…. Stories threatening aliens eager to wipe out life on Earth, or creatures driven by vicious creatures from the darkest of legends and myths, seem a little far from the real world, but narratives that focus on human ones Focus on individuals who have psychotic natures and abusive behaviors from childhood / traumatic events in their lives it seems a little more human and realistic to chase after and / or kill the weak and innocent. As I said above, there are a lot of “fan favorites” of serial killer thrillers like Se7en, Zodiac, and The silence of the Lambs (all I’ve seen and loved) but there are some others who liked including The girl with the dragon tattoo (both the international version 2009 and the US version 2011) as well as Buried. All in all, while crime thrillers that focus on serial killers may not trump action blockbusters, or raunchy comedies (both in terms of box office success and moviegoer popularity), the subgenre still attracts a lot of attention and gathers the audience with his submerged thoughts of riddles and intrigues.
That brings me back to talking The little things, a 2021 thriller and the newest crime noir thriller genre. I remembered hearing about this project a while ago when actors Denzel Washington, Rami Malek and Jared Leto were tied to this project. However, the beginnings of this film date back to the 1990s when the idea was misled by several studios as well as several directors including Steven Spielberg and Clint Eastwood. In any case, the film’s trailer, which was released in the late 2020s, offered a fascinating cat-and-mouse detective story that seemed quite atmospheric in its evocative premise. Plus, with its assembled star power of acting talent, The little things Seemed like an Oscar bait type project, but in a good way, as I was expecting a lot of nominations for this film in the upcoming awards season. With the COVID-19 pandemic still ongoing, the film that was originally scheduled to hit theaters was part of Warner Bros. Studios releases due to be released in both theaters and HBO Max in mid-January. This is one of the first big hype films of 2021. I was interested in the film for me, but wanted to wait a bit, mainly because I was still trying to catch up on some of the 2020 film releases that I will see in 2021 had not seen / reviewed films that quickly came into and out of my theater for a short period of time. I also have HBO Max so I can watch the movie from home. While waiting to see the movie, I read / hear a lot of mixed reviews and thoughts about it The little thingsMany call it a poor man’s version of the movie seven and to call the film “nothing special”. Still, I decided to give the film a chance and ended up watching it The little things one night after work. And what did I think of it? Well, I agree with a lot of people who have spoken about this project. Despite the atmospheric nature of the film and the solid effect of the main lines, The little things is a dated crime noir thriller that feels inconclusive to its own solution. It’s not entirely catastrophic as some imagine, but the end result of the film leaves much to be desired for better execution and narration.
The little things Directed by John Lee Hancock, whose previous directorial work includes such films as The muggers, The beginner, and The founder. As mentioned above, Hancock, who also writes screenplays, has had the idea for a film like this for a long time … which dates back to the 1990s. Since the project had been around for nearly two and a half decades, Hancock himself decided to take over the reign for running this particular serial killer project. Taxes The little things in both “double duty roles” as director and script handler. In this regard, Hancock’s attempts are admirable and commendable. Creating and designing a neo crime noir thriller that seems a bit like a throwback project. However, I have to admit that this concept is a bit of a “double-edged” sword aspect (more on that below). If you look beyond that, the film with Hancock feels more like a detective story than trying to capture the bloody aspect of the crime. What I mean? Well, today’s films focus more on the “shock and awe” of the crimes committed by a person than on the detective work that is required to decipher the case. So Hancock (in this regard) provides a good glimpse into a detective story, in which the main characters of Deke and Baxter follow the clues and take their care to find their suspect. Of course there is still blood and pictures of the deceased victims of the alleged “killer at large”, but it’s rather downplayed; Hancock focuses more on characters than the nuances of the subgenre. Like I said, the movie feels different from what many would expect from a crime thriller of today’s releases, and I think that’s what I liked about The Little Things, especially since a lot of film projects feel either half-hearted or arbitrary. This particular film seems a little more grounded in its realism and rudeness than embarking on a tangent of imaginative psychopathic thrillers.
Furthermore, The little things The presentation is quite solid and definitely gives credibility and authenticity to the feature’s positive comments. What the film lacks in depth and narrative beats, Hancock makes up for in its atmospheric nuances, with the image showing a certain kind of grain and realism throughout. Nothing is presented in grandiose fashion for hyper-fantasy to make the feature feel “dazzling” or “moving” with most of the movie feeling like it is in the real world. drumming the organic feel of the urban urban landscape of Los Angeles. So the team behind the scenes on the film, including Samantha Avila and Lauren E. Polizzi (art direction), Michael Corenblith (production design) and Susan Benjamin (set design), is for their efforts to make the feature lifelike and suitable for the Period and the background setting. Plus, the cinematography of the John Schwartzman film is pretty good. A lot of atmospheric sadness and mood is created throughout the film by overlaying everything in an uncomfortable way with camera work and flash light. Finally, the film’s score, which was composed by Thomas Newman, perfectly supports this atmospheric thriller tone with its atmospheric-sounding composition that delivers on every front.
Unfortunately, The little things fails to deliver a flashy and engaging trait in its own context by putting a lot of criticism on how the film ultimately develops and how it resolves its story when the film reaches its inevitable conclusion. Perhaps one of the most common criticisms that many can agree on about this film is the dating of the film’s history. Granted, the story of The little things is definitely fascinating as a kind of “cat and mouse” detective plot as it all contracts into one head (something that has a positive impact on my film review). It’s all been done before, however, and seems a little dated lately compared to other detective films. Perhaps this goes back to how long the feature has been in the “salon” since the 1990s; a length of time that this particular neo-crime thriller would miss. Because of this, the movie’s narrative premise, while definitely intriguing, leaves much to be desired across the board. Generating a ton of dated and mundane tropes from crime fiction cappers that are predictable and formulaic.
Because of this, Hancock’s direction for the film isn’t exactly the best. There is a lack of finesse for the feature to continue, and that extra “step” is never really taken to make the movie ultimately satisfactory. In truth, Hancock makes the movie feel like a watered down version of the movie Se7en;; a particularly similar crime thriller that has a better grasp of converting its atmospheric tones and themes into a healthy / satisfying narrative. Speaking of conclusion, the end of The little things is perhaps the biggest review that many can agree on, is one of the worst parts of the film. I’m not going to spoil it for my readers, but suffice it to say that the ending part of the film isn’t exactly the best farewell for the film, so many responses roll unanswered until the credits begin. Hancock certainly moves events in the narrative and everything starts to build up to a certain head…. Wait until this “great revelation” falls and shocks us (the audience) within the last major twists and turns in the climatic part of the third act. Unfortunately, that never happens as the proverbial “ball” of The little things never falls off and what Hancock presents allows for an almost unsatisfactory conclusion to a crime thriller that leads nowhere. It’s pretty frustrating and personally I felt like the end of it The little things was a disappointment, especially since the twist Hancock presents dangles several narrative threads.
In addition, it is quite slow to function; Explore and peel the narrative in a fairly slow way. This is perfectly fine if the payout for the movie is acceptable. With the end of The little things Hancock is not outstanding and does not want to be in its context. The indolence in how Hancock reveals the sequence of events (up to this point) feels disappointing and leaves much to be desired (again). The way he (both as a director and writer) tries to navigate through the events and characters in the film isn’t quite up to snuff. Creating stimulation problems in an otherwise slow endeavor. As I’ll mention below, a large majority of the supporting cast in the film (and some edges of the main characters) feel underdeveloped and lack depth in their various skills. Maybe if Hancock had a better grip on the project as a co-writer / co-director, The little things could have had a better polish (and primer) to put “the bad” in a better light. What is presented, however, makes many cringe at a movie that has many clichés and tropes in a crime thriller that feels out of date and is improperly executed, especially in its final conclusion.
Perhaps one of the main strengths that The little things The goal is the cast, or rather the main cast of characters, where a trio of good-looking “A-List” talents is put together to make this character stand out despite some limitations that hold him back in some categories. First up is actor Denzel Washington, who portrays the film’s first lead actor, Joe “Deke” Deacon, an assistant sheriff from Kern County, who quickly becomes embroiled in the movie’s main case. Washing, known for his roles in Training day, Cry Freedom, and Remember the titanshas earned a reputation in Hollywood as a respected and commanding actor; Many of his roles are memorable due to the seasoned actor’s presence / talents that he brings with him for each feature. Rest assured that the same level of talent and caliber is reflected in this film, with Washington easily slipping into the role of Deke and showing the character the right level of restraint / demeanor. Washington also does a good job of making Deke’s character quite subtle in its nuances, never “getting out of hand” or overdramatizing his performances, but still making the character quite intriguing; haunted by his past and eager as hell to solve the case. All in all, I think Washington really anchors the feature and one of the best parts of the movie.
Behind Washington, actor Rami Malek plays a solid role in the film’s second protagonist, Jim Baxter, a new and up-and-coming LASD detective Jim Baxter eager to solve a case, and asks Deke for assistance in solving it . Known for his roles in The master, Mr. Robot, and Bohemian RhapsodyMalek made a name for himself as an actor, especially after his dazzling performance as Freddie Mercury in rhapsody. So it’s no wonder that he would play many outstanding roles in feature films…. like starring in this movie. To his credit and in his acting skills, Malek shines into it The little things;; A young and bolder character is projected in Baxter. A character who wants to get their job done goes to Deke for an answer. to become a little more as the feature goes deeper. Yes, the character of Baxter is a bit traditional to the stereotypical clichés of detective narrative (i.e. a traditional but young, big-eyed character who matches the book). You can obviously see that, but Malek plays the character in an intriguing way that is a great foil against the subtle yet determined determination of Washington’s Deke. Plus, the pairing of Washington and Malek himself (together on-screen is very different from what no one saw coming, but they intend to play off each other; they share a solid on-screen chemistry with classic detective narrative …) a good way.
The third leading role in the film is actor Jared Leto, who plays the somewhat antagonistic character in the role of Albert Sparma, an eccentric and creepy person who is the prime suspect of Deke and Baxter in their current case. Leto, best known for his roles in Suicide squad, Dallas Buyers Club, and Blade Runner 2049, has always been known for really “getting into” his character roles and playing such eccentric roles to his liking. Leto is definitely very successful in this regard; Playing Sparma with many of the different nuances of the actor for which he is known; a creepy dark sense of humor that makes you restless every time it’s on screen. The main problem, however, lies with the character itself, as Hancock’s script doesn’t really delve into Sparma’s mind. Very little is known about him in the movie, and viewers can scratch their heads when the feature hits its credits. It’s confusing and a little unsatisfactory. Thus, Leto’s performance is quite nuanced and makes the character of Sparma more memorable than the way Hancock wrote it for the narrative.
Unfortunately, pretty much everyone else beyond the three main actors remains in smaller secondary players, who are mostly unforgettable in their character roles. Some are a bit recognizable by their efforts to date, but in terms of their character in The little thingsNone of them seem real. This includes the actor Chris Bauer (Real blood and The cable) as Detective Sal Rizzoli, actress Michael Hyatt (Snowfall and Fame) as Flo Dunlgan, actor Terry Kinney (Oz and Billions) as LASD captain Carl Farris, actress Natalie Morales (Parks and recreation and The newsroom) as Detective Jamie Estrada, actress Isabela Arraiza (Pearson and The oath) as Ana Baxter, actor Joris Jarsky (Bad blood and The art of more) as Detective Sergeant Rogers, actor Glen Morshower (24 and The resident) as Captain Henry Davis and actor Frederick Koehler (Pepper Dennis and Oz) as Stan Peters. These acting talents do not make bad acting performances as most of them are quite good, but unfortunately none of them make an effective impression The little things Narrative; making all of those supporting characters in the story pretty boring, one-dimensional, and memorable; Suitable for sliding events along or for the trio of main lines to jump around with. Kind of a disappointment.
Two detectives (Deke and Baxter) work together to solve an ongoing serial killer case. promote old obsessive behavior from Dee’s past as an event in the film The little things. Director John Lee Hancock’s latest film takes up the serial killer crime story. Projection of a film that is characterized by its atmospheric nature of moods and mysteries and feels like a “serial killer” of yesterday’s old school. Unfortunately, while these terms seem intriguing and excel in their main cast (Washington, Malek, and Leto are solid in their roles), this backfires the feature, with Hancock not having the precision to get the story right (i.e. feeling derived), dated and clichéd ridden) as well as issues with pacing and a final twist that feels lackluster and unsatisfactory. Personally, I thought this film was okay and yet I was slightly disappointed. For the most part, I found the acting incredible and definitely a well-made film (cinematography / presentation), but the story itself, while interesting, felt derived and the conclusion left me unsatisfied. I think a lot of people will see this movie that way. Though I could be wrong. So my recommendation for the film would be a solid “dubious choice” since the project has something to like, but it’s not absolutely the best serial killer crime thriller that many, including Hancock, were expecting. Finally, The little things has lots of good ideas in his own serial killer premise, but lacks the conviction and right execution to hold his landing spot in the cinematic landscape. feeling inconclusive for lack of a better word.
3.3 out of 5 (Iffy Choice)
Published on: January 29, 2021
Reviewed on: March 1, 2021
The little things is 128 minutes long and is rated R for violent / disturbing imagery, language, and full nudity