Motherless Brooklyn

Motherless in Brooklyn - The GBY

This was my favorite movie at TIFF 2019.  I have been a big fan of Edward Norton since his film debut in Primal Fear.  I read that Norton started this project 20 years ago after reading the book.  He has since become its director, writer, producer and star.  It was worth the wait.  I didn’t feel that the movie was too long, there was a lot to say and it kept moving.  His portrayal of Lionel Essrog, a private detective with Tourette’s Syndrome (in a time that it was not defined) seems to be spot on.  The plot is also engaging.  Alec Baldwin (A Star is Born), the egomaniacal financier; Bruce Willis, the smart aleck with a heart of gold; Willem Dafoe, the sad outlier and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, the feisty woman in trouble all played their parts with aplomb.  These roles may not have been a stretch for the actors but that was just good casting.  Norton spoke before our screening, he said that to get this movie to the theaters the actors worked for scale.

Our Rating for “Motherless Brooklyn”

4.5 Cupcakes Rating - The GBY

Official Trailer for “Motherless Brooklyn”:

Official Synopsis for “Motherless Brooklyn”:

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 his friend’s murder. 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.

“Motherless Brooklyn” Q & A TIFF 2019


Principal Cast Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Alec Baldwin, Willem Dafoe, Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Director Edward Norton
Screenwriter Edward Norton, based on the book by Jonathan Lethem
Cinematographer Dick Pope
Editor Joe Klotz
 Production Companies Class 5 Films, MWM Studios
Run Time 144 minutes
Genre Crime, Drama
Premier Telluride Film Festival 2019

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