THE LITTLE THINGS

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A psychological thriller that takes us on a wild ride and keeps us on the edge of our seats, never takes its foot off the gas. It’s a film about past mistakes, old wounds, ego, and wanting to do the right thing by any means.

The Little Things was written by John Lee Hancock, who has once again shown us why he’s a top tier filmmaker. The absolute highlight of this film though is watching Denzel Washington, Rami Malek, and Jared Leto on screen together. You get a lesson in masterclass acting for the price of a HBO MAX subscription.  If you need any reason to watch this film, other than the genre, then it would most certainly be because of the performances.

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Denzel Washington puts on a powerful performance

Not only is the role he plays is believable, but a sight to behold. He shows anger, intent, empathy, and playfulness. He plays the role of a good cop with past wounds that haunts him, and bad mistakes that he wants to right.

We don’t get a lot of back story to Deke, (Denzel Washington), but we get enough to understand his character, or do we?? Once again, this is a thriller and for you fans out there that like to guess film plot twists and turns, will you look at this as misdirection or take it at face value?

The film doesn’t hold your hand nor makes it necessarily hard for you to understand. Instead, the film takes you on the journey of trying to get into Deke’s mind, find and understand clues as he does, and wonder what the next move would and should be.

Rami Malek puts on a performance that we expect

Rami plays the role of the hot shot detective with a reputation of getting the job done. The ego of his is short lived as the film dives deeper into the case he’s working and he starts to realize that walking the fine line between the rules is sometimes what it takes to close the case.

Jared Leto once again embodies a character and becomes them

Leto is the creepy suspicious suspect who seems to be the obvious perpetrator, but is that misdirection? He plays the role perfectly and seeing his character on screen makes you feel uncomfortable and uneasy.

The fun starts to come in when you see these three together. Watching all of their chemistry, keeps your eyes glued to the screen. The performances aren’t just the legend Denzel showing two younger guys what it’s like to be a master actor. Instead what you get is three master actors putting on a spectacular show that makes you want to give repeating views.

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It starts with thrills and suspense

which is a great recipe for this genre. A slow scene or lack of intrigue can take you out of the movie before you even get started. This film however, starts off on the right foot.

We don’t get a lot of back story to Deke,(Denzel Washington), but we get enough to understand his character, or do we?? Once again, this is a thriller and for you fans out there that like to guess film plot twists and turns, will you look at this as misdirection or take it at face value? The film doesn’t hold your hand nor makes it necessarily hard for you to understand. Instead, the film takes you on the journey of trying to get into Deke’s mind, find and understand clues as he does, and wonder what the next move would and should be.

The Little things keep you guessing the entire time because you want to crack the case as much as Deke and Jim Baxter (Rami Malek) does. It’s a psychological thriller that doesn’t want to lose your interest. Films that are written and shot in this manner, helps keep you immersed and invested in the plot and characters. Let me tell you, this film will absolutely keep you wondering about what’s next. John Lee Hancock did a great job with how this movie was written and directed. The scenes transitioned nicely, and seeing the chemistry on screen of all the actors, was a work of beauty.

The cinematography was on point, beautifully shot, and captured the time period with accuracy. The pacing of the film was steady when it needed to be, and intense in moments that mattered the most, was exactly what an audience likes to see in thrillers. It never took you out of the moment to either feed you pointless plot points, or to hold your hand. The cat and mouse dynamic between Deke and Albert is fun for the audience to watch but also one of the highlights of the film. They have forced you to sit down, buckle up, and enjoy this journey.

Ok, now here comes some nit picky call outs.

While I did enjoy the film immensely, there are a few little things, (pun intended), that stood out, and gave me that “meh” feeling. I felt Rami Malek didn’t have enough screen time being the hot shot detective with an ego. There were still character developments that needed to be shown for his role. Rami Malek does have ample screen time and he kills it every time, but this little bit of character development I think would’ve given the audience even more of a reason to really like Jim Baxter.

Leto’s character Albert didn’t have enough screen time. This bothered me because given the character, and the fact that it’s a thriller, he should have had just the right amount of screen time. But, I felt a little bit more insight into Leto’s character would have benefited the film, given the climatic turn. The Little Things takes place in early 90’s Los Angeles, but it didn’t showcase the time period, which should have been more implemented into the story beyond the fact that it’s just dated. There should have been more old school detective work shown because it would’ve given the film a little more oomph and immersion.

The score for The Little Things didn’t really hit hard as most great thrillers do. This is a shame because for this genre, a compelling score helps not only help keep the audience immersed, but adds more intensity to the scenes. While the film was nicely written, The Little Things doesn’t really do anything too different or majorly memorable besides seeing this cast together on screen. The ending will be hit or miss depending on the viewer. For me though, it was indeed a hit. The plot twist comes full circle in a way I didn’t expect.

Overall The Little Things is certainly worth the watch for just the performances alone. If you’re looking for ground breaking story telling or innovative filmmaking this is not the one, But if you’re looking for a fun thriller that will keep your attention with great performances, pacing, and storytelling then you’re in for a treat.

HBO MAX is proving to be a power house competitor in the streaming space and The Little Things is another reason to add to its success.

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Christopher Writer

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