“The Little Things” (2021): Good, but shoulda been a LOT Better

Deputy Sheriff Joe “Deke” Deacon (Denzel Washington) joins forces with Sgt. Jim Baxter (Rami Malek) to search for a serial killer (Jared Leto) who’s terrorizing Los Angeles. As they track the culprit, Baxter is unaware that the investigation is dredging up echoes of Deke’s past, uncovering disturbing secrets that could threaten more than his case.
Release date: January 29, 2021 (USA)
Director: John Lee Hancock
Screenplay: John Lee Hancock
Cinematography: John Schwartzman
Producers: John Lee Hancock, Mark Johnson
“The Little Things” is currently streaming on HBO MAX.
Denzel Washington and Rami Malek searching for a serial killer in “The Little Things”

I’ll say this again. As I’ve said countless times before.

I love Denzel Washington. And I have since the ’80’s when the gloriously gifted actor first burst on the scene in the ground breaking television hospital drama series “St. Elsewhere”.

However, I am not so enamored of his latest motion picture, the psychological crime drama “the little things”. Oh, it’s not that Washington isn’t his usual solid self in the role of a beleaguered cop burdened with heavy emotional baggage while hot on the trail of a sinister and slippery serial killer. This is a guy who can’t help but be good, no matter the role nor the film. And co-superstars Rami Malek as a hotshot detective and Jared Leto as the scuzzball murderer both play in the same league.   But at over two hours this sordid story takes way too long to tell. And the energy to translate it lacks noticeably. Finally, and frustratingly, we are not drawn to invest in anybody we meet here.

 

Malek, Jared Leto and Washington getting cozy in “The Little Things”

So other than the megawatt marquee names attached to it, there is little else to recommend a puzzlingly punchless production.

Okay, just one more thing. I gotta give a shout out to writer/director, and fellow Baylor University alum, John Lee Hancock. Sic ’em baby!

I’m still rootin’ for ya, Bear brother.

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"The Little Things" (2021): Good, but shoulda been a LOT Better
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"The Little Things" (2021): Good, but shoulda been a LOT Better

Other than the megawatt marquee names attached to it, there is little else to recommend a puzzlingly punchless production.

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