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The Little Things: Review

The neo-noir crime thriller, "The Little Things" starring Denzel Washington and Rami Malek, was a swing and a miss

With 2021 now officially underway, anticipated movie releases are finally beginning to happen. In the new normal of our world, many people are still uncomfortable going to movie theaters. So due to this, HBO Max announced that many movies that fall under their trademarked materials would stream directly to the streaming service the same day as their theater releases. The Little Things, which was released on January twenty-ninth, is one of those said movies. The crime drama was written and directed by John Lee Hancock with a stellar cast starring Denzel Washington, Rami Malek, and Jared Leto.

Deacon (Denzel Washington), Sparma (Jared Leto), and Baxter (Rami Malek) in The Little Things
Deacon (Denzel Washington), Sparma (Jared Leto), and Baxter (Rami Malek) in The Little Things

The movie is already making news as Jared Leto is a nominee for 'Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture' Golden Globe. The nomination is well deserved, and an Oscar nom will probably follow as Leto is by far the best part of this film. The story doesn't pick up until his character arrives, which wasn't soon enough. The top half of the film is a slow start as the introductions of Malek and Washington's characters take up a lot of time and are not particularly interesting. Once the two begin to work together to bring Leto down, the story becomes much more entertaining.

Albert Sparma (Jared Leto) in The Little Things
Albert Sparma (Jared Leto) in The Little Things

Denzel plays Joe 'Deke' Deacon, a small-town Deputy Sherrif who used to be an elite LASD detective, while Malek is detective Jim Baxter who replaced Deke in the LASD. After working a serial killer case, Deke lost his detective job after he supposedly had a mental breakdown, even losing his wife in the process. The Deputy Sherrif traveled to LA in what was supposed to be a quick routine evidence pick up but gets wrapped up in Baxter's ongoing case as he likes Deke's detail on the little things. Baxter is warned that pulling Deke in will end up being more trouble than good. The detective chooses to ignore those who questioned his partnership with Joe Deacon.

Deacon (Denzel Washington) and Baxter (Rami Malek) in The Little Things
Deacon (Denzel Washington) and Baxter (Rami Malek) in The Little Things

The unorthodox investigating of the duo leads them to Albert Sparma, their prime suspect portrayed by Jared Leto. Sparma is an odd yet interestingly charismatic character who is a crime nut, as in the likes to follow real-life crime news. He proves to be a hard man to catch, making it extremely difficult to pin the line of murders on. Ultimately, Sparma pushes Detective Baxter too far as he kills the murderer. Deke helps Baxter cover it all up to end the award friendly film. Overall I give this crime drama a 6/10 star rating due to the slow start.

The Little Things is now available courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures on HBO Max, since its theatrical release on January 29th in the U.S. It runs for 127 minutes and is rated R for violent/disturbing images, language, and full nudity.


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