Motherless Brooklyn Brings Old School Detective Movies Back to the Movies

Motherless Brooklyn Review

It’s been a long time since a good detective film made it’s way to the theaters. And this fall, Motherless Brooklyn is coming to change how you think of the mystery genre. The passions project for Ed Norton, the adaptation of the book of the same name brings an interesting story to the screen of a detective in the 1950’s who suffers from Tourette’s as well as OCD, trying to find out who killed his friend.

My crazy brain told me to keep pulling on that threat. But whatever Frank found, he found following that girl so I kept chasing his footsteps

Motherless Brooklyn Review

Filled with intrigue and mystery, Lionel is unassuming in his day to day life as a Private Investigator. He tries to stay in the shadows since his condition makes it hard for him to find a place in everyday life. But what he thinks may be keeps him out of the eye of society is actually what he can use to help him solve his cases. He observes, and finds is the biggest asset helping him solve a case that he is told to just let go. But he knows there is much more to it.

A neighborhood is not a slum because people of minority live there

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Motherless Brooklyn Review

I’ve got a condition that make me say funny things, but I’m trying to be funny.


The movie does run a little long and has a few slower moments in the film. But with the exception of some cursing and a few (not overly) bloody moments the movie is mostly family friendly. The overall pace and feel of the movie makes it feel like an old time mystery noir including the narrator leading the story and filling in the gaps as you went through the journey with him. You almost feel like the you’re reading a good old fashioned mystery as you watch the story unfold in front of you.

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Motherless Brooklyn Review

Set against the backdrop of 1950s New York,“Motherless Brooklyn” follows Lionel Essrog (Norton), a lonely private detective afflicted with Tourette’s Syndrome, as he ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend, Frank Minna (Willis). Armed only with a few clues and the powerful engine of his obsessive mind, Lionel unravels closely-guarded secrets that hold the fate of the whole city in the balance. In a mystery that carries him from ginsoaked jazz clubs in Harlem to the hard-edged slums of Brooklyn and, finally, into the gilded halls of New York’s power brokers, Lionel contends with thugs, corruption and the most dangerous man in the city to honor his friend and save the woman who might be his own salvation. Starring Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Willem Dafoe, Bobby Cannavale, Leslie Mann, Fisher Stevens, Cherry Jones, Michael K. Williams, Robert Wisdom, Josh Pais, Alec Baldwin. Written and Directed by Edward Norton. (WARNER BROS.)

This film is rated R.


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