Tuesday, October 6, 2015
A Most Wanted Man by Anton Corbijn, 2014 (R)
with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, Robin Wright, Daniel Brühl
A half-Russian, half-Chechen man, brutalized by torture, arrives in Hamburg, where he seeks a British banker's help in recovering his father's estate. But the man may not be all he seems to be in this riveting adaptation of John le Carré's novel.
John Le Carré's stories are complex. And making a movie out of it is a challenge. Adapting it to the current context is another one. The performances are impeccable, and the suspense really entertaining. The movie is great, but the complexity of it all makes it challenging to watch and follow. The general mood of the movie makes you hope there is a positive outcome. But then it is not a typical American movie, so optimism might not be at its best. Not to spoil too much...