Not 1 but 3, Count them 3 Academy Award Winners In one Movie. Denzel, Jared and Rami are a Match Made in Heaven!!!
First thing you need to know about me is that I never miss a Denzel movie. I mean the man is an absolute legend and rarely makes a bad flick. 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 under-rated, 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 in the game 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 3 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. It looks like we have all the key components.
THE LITTLE THINGS
Director: John Lee Hancock Writer: John Lee Hancock
Cast: Denzel Washington, Rami Malek, Jered Leto
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 this movie and the main ones are that all 3 leads are superb which was absolutely to be expected of course. Denzel playing the older head 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 Finchers Seven when it comes to their dynamic and yeah I suppose the plot lends to that as-well but honestly these flicks are very different in many ways.
Then we get to Jared Leto and oh my days, I don’t wanna give any real spoilers but the big interrogation sequence of the flick 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.
Now I was a fan of The Little Things and 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 3 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 2hrs and 10 I dunno I guess I began to feel like I could of been doing something else.
not my strongest rating ever but I’m dropping a 3.5 out of 5 on this one. That’s a point each for the performances and half a point for the writer/director.