Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Wizard of Lies (2017)

Director: Barry Levinson. Cast: Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Alessandro Nivola, Lily Rabe, Kristen Connolly, Hank Azaria. 133 min. Biography/Crime.

Movie biographies have become so advanced (Steve Jobs), they capture entire life stories by merely picturing a few vignettes. So for a seasoned director such as Levinson, much more than just "the story so far" is expected. Not only a journalist (probably playing the viewer's role) hammers Bernie Madoff in prison in a hard-to-believe manner, we're hardly offered a cinematic rendering of events, and never get a glimpse into the psychology of a man responsible for destroying thousands of lives, who then simply said: "I'm sorry". The story is interesting, no doubt. But it's supposed to be a movie.

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