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McFeelie’s McMovie Review: The Little Things (Spoiler Alert)



Got a chance to watch “The Little Things”, now on HBO Max and in theaters.  It stars Denzel Washington, Rami Malek, and Jared Leto.  It’s a psychological thriller from John Lee Hancock following two cops, one haunted by echoes of his past, investigating a series of murders in Los Angeles.

Kern County Deputy Sheriff Joe ‘Deke’ Deacon (Denzel Washington) is sent to Los Angeles for what should be a quick evidence-gathering assignment. Instead, he becomes embroiled in the search for a serial killer who is terrorizing the city.  Rami Malek plays Jim Baxter, the detective working on the serial killer case.  Jared Leto is the suspect.

Good idea.  Decent cast.  Bad ending.

The movie started off strong but fell quickly.

I got the feeling that the movie was aspiring to be “Seven” but just couldn’t ever get there.

One movie reviewer wrote, “You really need to be a bad storyteller to cast Denzel Washington, Jared Leto, and Rami Malek and still be able to make a boring movie.”

I felt disengaged throughout most of the film and finally, the crack Los Angeles detective decides to take a ride with a suspected serial killer alone?

I wasn’t sure what I was watching any more at that point.

This is one of those movies where you expect a big twist coming.  I actually thought maybe Denzel was the murderer, but that twist never came. So you end up with the suspect being innocent.  The two detectives both got wrapped up in their case and accidentally murdered someone, and both the accidental murders get covered up.

In the very end, Denzel’s character is able to give Malek’s character (Jim Baxter) the keys to removing the burden of his errors by pretending that Leto’s character wasn’t actually innocent, but in fact, was the murderer they were looking for… even though he wasn’t.

Was it something to watch on a Friday night during these strange times? Yep!

Was it something I would ever watch again?  Nope!

I’m giving this one 4 out of 10 stars because I really did want to like it and I thought it had potential, but it really didn’t live up to what I was expecting from those 3 actors.