Episode #1.19 (2005)
N/A|Comedy, Drama|17 Nov 2005
Rating: Metascore: N/A

Denzel Washington, Rami Malek, and Jared Leto playing in one film is one thing that seems to promise a classy spectacle. The Little Things is the John Lee Hancock-directed crime mystery film known to us through the Oscar-nominated film The Blind Side (2009). Hancock also acts as a producer and writer of the film script. This USD 30 million budget film, like the fate of dozens of other big movies, is the victim of a prolonged pandemic, which is finally released on the HBO Max platform.

This film is set in 1990 in the Los Angeles area. Joe Deacon (Washington) is a former detective who now works as a police deputy in the Kern County area. Deacon got an assignment to retrieve evidence at the police station he worked in LA. There, he was drawn into a mysterious murder case he had investigated several years ago. Deacon teamed up with a smart young detective, Jim Baxter (Malek), involved in a lengthy investigation that led to a person named Albert Sparma (Leto). Is Sparma the person they are looking for?

The plot has an interesting story through Deacon and Jim Baxter’s characterization. Like most typical Washington characters, Deacon is introduced with all his cool and calm charisma. As a Denzel fan, I enjoy this even though it doesn’t feel new anymore. His chemistry with the young detective is so promising till we are introduced to Sparma. From this moment on, the story turns into a hunting plot between a cat and a mouse. The question is, who is the cat and who is the mouse? Isn’t this more interesting? In fact, not.

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Who is Sparma? Plot direction leads us to the mastermind behind the murder, but it is not as easy as we think. Filmmakers would not have cast an actor like Leto if they did not have a meaningful role. The figure of Sparma is always positioned in a gray area whose purpose is, of course, to make us even more curious. One other thing is the comparison with the film story of Se7en. The plot direction is too similar to this masterpiece film, and we all know filmmakers won’t be that stupid. What was (perhaps) meant to be a “surprise” turns out to be an anticlimax. The script cannot package a story and uses its three main figures to make a biting climax—what a waste.

Filled with promising casts, The Little Things was let down by a poor script and a much more superior conceptual match idea. There was nothing wrong with Washington, Malek, especially Leto; they played very well. The filmmaker also has a charming aesthetic touch in many scenes. It’s just that he needs to learn more to package a fresher story if he wants to refer to other sources. Promising Young Woman manages to do that with a classy style. Many South Korean films have also done better than this. The script still leaves many plot holes that are gaping wide without us bothering to answer them. It’s the little things that will get him (the killer) caught, Deacon said. These words are more appropriate for the filmmaker than for Jim Baxter.

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A lifelong cinephile, he cultivated a deep interest in film from a young age. Following his architectural studies, he embarked on an independent exploration of film theory and history. His passion for cinema manifested in 2006 when he began writing articles and film reviews. This extensive experience subsequently led him to a teaching position at the esteemed Television and Film Academy in Yogyakarta. From 2003 to 2019, he enriched the minds of students by instructing them in Film History, Introduction to Film Art, and Film Theory. His scholarly pursuits extended beyond the classroom. In 2008, he published his seminal work, "Understanding Film," which delves into the core elements of film, both narrative and cinematic. The book's enduring value is evidenced by its second edition, released in 2018, which has become a cornerstone reference for film and communication academics across Indonesia. His contributions extend beyond his own authorship. He actively participated in the compilation of the Montase Film Bulletin Compilation Book Volumes 1-3 and "30 Best Selling Indonesian Films 2012-2018." Further solidifying his expertise, he authored both "Horror Film Book: From Caligari to Hereditary" (2023) and "Indonesian Horror Film: Rising from the Grave" (2023). His passion for film extends to the present day. He continues to provide insightful critiques of contemporary films on montasefilm.com, while actively participating in film production endeavors with the Montase Film Community. His own short films have garnered critical acclaim at numerous festivals, both domestically and internationally. Recognizing his exceptional talent, the 2022 Indonesian Film Festival shortlisted his writing for Best Film Criticism (Top 15). His dedication to the field continues, as he currently serves as a practitioner-lecturer for Film Criticism and Film Theory courses at the Yogyakarta Indonesian Institute of the Arts' Independent Practitioner Program.


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