Motherless Brooklyn Review

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Edward Norton’s second ever film as director – he previously helmed the critically acclaimed romantic comedy Keeping the Faith in 2000 – almost didn’t see the light of day. A passion project which has been almost two decades in the making, Motherless Brooklyn offers another chance for Norton to showcase his peerless acting chops as well as his writing and producing abilities.

Adapted from Jonathan Lethem’s 1999 novel of the same name, this ambitious hard-boiled neo-noir tells the story of a lonely private detective afflicted with Tourette’s Syndrome who attempts to solve a murder and finds himself implicated in a political scandal in the process.

Although the book is set in contemporary times, Norton took the bold decision to set his film in the 1950s because he felt that the premise and dialogue lent themselves to an old fashioned hard-boiled story. However, this didn’t stooped him from broaching a
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