The Little Things Review

The Little Things Review

A movie review? Yes that is right.

The Little Things starring Denzel Washington, Rami Malek and Jared Leto came out via streaming (HBO Max) and theaters last Friday. I decided midway through last Friday I was going to purchase HBO Max for a month to watch the film at night. That would be my reward for getting through the work day.

I don't know if anyone else does that. Sometimes I just plan trivial things like that just to have something to look forward to at night. To add a little extra motivation on the day. "Tonight I'm ordering WingStop! Ah yes I'm a little extra hyped now". "Atomic and original hot can't wait! Let's go!".


I wanted to really like this movie. Denzel, Rami and Leto are 3 amazing actors.

The movie is an old school type crime thriller.

The film focuses more on weaving curiosity and suspense into the viewer's head than it does trying to impress you with any over the top police chases, action like you see in a lot of detective type movies these days. It's an absolute slow burn of a movie. A large portion of the film moves at a snails pace.

As I was watching it during some of the lulls I was like "man I was kind of expecting more". But it's one of those movies that takes awhile to sink in fully. An hour or two after watching it a couple lightbulbs went off in my head. "Ah" moments. That made me connect a couple dots from the film.

I appreciate movies like that when I'm in the mood for them. I appreciated this film more after watching it and connecting said dots. I'll probably revisit it one more time before I let the month of HBO Max expire. I thought Denzel, Rami and Leto played their parts well. It's just not a movie everyone will enjoy. Like I said it's an old school crime thriller where some parts are left open for interpretation for the viewer themselves. You "think" something is likely of being true, but there's still just a tiny bit of grey area.

Denzel tells Rami's character a couple times in the movie:

"It's the little things that are important, Jimmy. It's the little things that get you caught".

My rating for this movie is 7/10.

It's not a masterpiece, but if you're bored it's worth watching.

I think it does a good job of showing how frustrating detective work can be. And I think the slow snails pace at times is good for the film. I still think 15-20 minutes could've been cut out of the movie though.

I appreciate you reading the blog. I'll be back for Playlist Friday. Bless.