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Marlowe (2022)

Directed by:
Neil Jordan
COUNTRY
France/Ireland/Spain

GENRE
Neo-noir crime

NORWEGIAN TITLE
Marlowe

RUNNING TIME
109 minutes

Produced by:
Philip Kim
Patrick Hibler
Alan Moloney
Gary Levinsohn
Mark Fasano
Billy Hines

Written by (based on "The Black-Eyed Blonde" by Benjamin Black):
William Monahan
Neil Jordan


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Philip Marlowe Liam Neeson
Clare Cavendish Diane Kruger
Dorothy Quincannon Jessica Lange

Cedric

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Bernie Ohls Colm Meaney -
Lynn Peterson Daniela Melchior -
Lou Hendricks Alan Cumming
Floyd Hanson Danny Huston
Nico Peterson Francois Arnaud -
Joe Green Ian Hart -

 

Review

The once relevant Neil Jordan (Mona Lisa, The Crying Game) tries to rejuvenate both his career and Raymond Chandler's influential private detective Philip Marlowe with this polished, post-modern, and weirdly geriatric take on 1939's Los Angeles. At first glance, Marlowe may seem like a fine little nostalgia piece, but there's more (or less) than meets the eye here. As William Monahan's script starts taking us through the tropes and locations of the genre, you slowly realize that the movie isn't able to rekindle anything it just buries every single worn element it touches upon, with a little help from Liam Neeson's tired performance. Among the many things that leave a lot to be desired in this soon-to-be-forgotten production, the casting may well be the least successful. Filmed in Barcelona and Dublin, which may help explain why the movie looks alternately overdone and underwhelming. Alan Cumming is rather fun in his one big scene as an extravagant drug lord.

Copyright 15.08.2023 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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