Sunday, 2 July 2017

Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer (2017)

Norman, a New York-based fixer (as made clear in the extended title), finds himself on the rise after an Israeli politician he befriended a few years prior becomes the Prime Minister of Israel.

I watched this about three weeks ago and I'm still not quite sure what to say on it (hence the delay in the 'review').

It's an interesting little film that ably tells it's story of a somewhat pathetic, desperate, and naive man scrambling around for whatever scraps he can fine. In this case, those scraps would be connections and when Norman ends up stumbling into a gold mine of them it all becomes a bit too much. Especially when he ends up being involved in an investigation concerning bribery.

Sadly, I just couldn't get behind the film in a way I was hoping for. Because as competently as handles itself and as good as Richard Gere may surprisingly be (and he actually does quite well), I just found myself being frustrated by the film. I did wonder if part of that was to do with the central character and how he puts himself in places I myself would rather avoid (which probably tells you more about me than it does the film). It's similar to watching Sam Claflin's character in 'My Cousin Rachel', where their misjudgments can be quite aggravating and you really believe they should know better.

In the case of 'Norman', I guess that is part of the point as this guy, who has desperately been looking for his breakthrough, ends up in over his head. Ultimately, though, regardless of what the film was trying to do or not, this was a film that could have but didn't quite engage me is a fashion that would have kept me invested in the story. So, while I can appreciate the elements of it and certainly thought it was a decent film, I was left a little bored by it more times than I would have liked.

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