"The Good German", directed Soderbergh

Thriller, 2006

A film which, despite looking beautiful and clipping along at a fair old rate, nonetheless feels too pleased with itself, with its classy A-list actors trussed in period dress, swanning through painfully authentic looking titles, fades, soundtrack and a plot more peppered with violence than the 40s noir films it otherwise pays homage to. It’s by no means a bad film, but form and style take over, suffocating already occasionally stiff acting and what should be a strong plot.

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