Lionel Essrog is a lonely private detective who doesn’t let Tourette’s syndrome stand in the way of his job. Gifted with a few clues and an obsessive mind, Lionel sets out to solve the murder of Frank Minna — his mentor and only friend. Scouring the jazz clubs and slums of Brooklyn and Harlem, Essrog soon uncovers a web of secrets while contending with thugs, corruption and the most dangerous man in the city.
The movie is based on the novel of the same name by Jonathan Lethem and it set in the 1950s. Cinematography by Dick Pope is very good. Art Direction by Michael Ahern is very good too.
Edward Norton was good as Lionel Essrog but his role and acting was somewhat similar to a role he played in the movie The Score. His ticks and blurting words became annoying. It also felt contrived as he seemed perfectly normal in some scenes. Bruce Willis was good as Frank Minna in a small role. Gugu Mbatha-Raw was good as Laura Rose. Alec Baldwin was very good as Moses Randolph. Willem Dafoe was very good as Paul Randolph. Bobby Cannavale was good as Tony Vermonte. The rest of the cast was good too.
The screenplay and direction is by Edward Norton is ok. The movie is nothing great but a good one time watch. The movie plays out like a old school detective thriller and it has good suspense. It is a little slow paced though.
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