16th Feb2021

‘The Little Things’ Review

by Kevin Haldon

Stars: Denzel Washington, Rami Malek, Jared Leto, Chris Bauer, Michael Hyatt, Terry Kinney, Natalie Morales, Isabel Arraiza, Joris Jarsky, Glenn Morshower | Written and Directed by John Lee Hancock

First thing you need to know about me is that I never miss a Denzel movie… The man is an absolute legend and rarely makes a bad film; though if it does happen to be bad you can guarantee he is the best thing in it! Second thing is that Jared Leto, as far as I am concerned, is tragically underrated. I mean yes, okay, he has won an Oscar and so you may say that he’s rated enough but Leto is easily one the best character actors around right now. Then you have Rami Malek who has been on the scene for a good long while jobbing away and picking his roles carefully, but in the last couple years he has blown up in a huge way.

Throw these three unreal actors into a movie scripted and directed by John Lee Hancock the writer of A Perfect World, The Blind Side and director of Saving Mr Banks and The Founder; and it looks like we have all the key components for a cracking movie!

Small town deputy sheriff Joe Deacon (Washington) is sent to Los Angeles on a routine evidence retrieval job. While there he is unexpectedly pulled into an active hunt for a serial Killer. Teaming up with young up and comer agent Baxter (Malek), the two rapidly head down a rabbit hole of obsession when they become convinced they have their man (Leto) and will stop at nothing to get their man. How far is too far? and does this case have any connection to a case in Deacons past.

Let’s start with the positives of The Little Things. The main one being that all three leads are superb… which was absolutely to be expected of course! Denzel playing the older veteran-type role, to our young impressionable Malek. Both guys are bringing their best qualities to the forefront while giving each other time to breathe. I have seen a fair few comparisons to David Fincher’s Seven when it comes to their dynamic and, yes, I suppose the plot lends to that as-well but honestly both films are very different in many ways.

Then we get to Jared Leto and oh my days, I don’t wanna give away any real spoilers but… the big interrogation sequence in the film, with all three men doing their best to compliment each other is just great BUT I have got to say that Leto absolutely stole this scene from under his co-stars.

By now you’ve probably realised I was a big fan of The Little Things; I thought it was an intelligent and expertly made movie BUT I was somewhat perplexed by the final act, again I’m not dropping spoilers but so many questions are left unanswered. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t need every little thing written in crayon for me but hey a little confirmation would be nice from time to time. At the end of the day this movie becomes more about thrtee guys giving awesome performances than the actual plot. That is how I was left feeling about this. That’s not an overly bad thing but at just over two hours(!), I guess I began to feel like I could of been doing something else.

My rating reflects my feelings on The Little Things: a point each for the performances and half a point for the writer/director.

***½  3.5/5


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