Boston Strangler is a thriller movie starring Keira Knightley and Carrie Coon. It is written and directed by Matt Ruskin.
Good photography, good performances… in a film that wants to be more of a vindication than a thriller and more All the President’s Men than Silence of the Lambs.
That said, Hulu and 20th Century Studios surprise with this very good, excellently set, period production.
A film that would be better called Loretta McLaughlin. Based on this journalist, who worked at the Boston Globe, the film uses the figure of the sadly infamous Boston Strangler in order to compose a whole defence statement of sexist injustices of that period that will leave thriller lovers feeling a little bit “this movie was not meant to be about that”, and those who want to see a good courtroom drama with a face of “I have not come to see a film about psychopaths”.
Be that as it may, and in every choice there is a risk (if not, tell Neo in The Matrix), the film has a superb setting that knows how to shine in every photographic aspect and in its very careful shots, it is also excellently edited, and no one can doubt the acting qualities of Keira Knightley nor Carrie Coon, two excellent actresses, one of them, moreover, an accomplished specialist in period roles.
As for the script… here we have the weak point: it uses a true-crime type story for a vital vindication (totally fair), and in this double choice, the script ends up without its necessary suspense and its necessary moral content.
It leaves the role of the murderer on such a secondary level of the story that it raises the question as to whether or not the title would need to be changed as well.
It’s a pity it doesn’t have a more solid idea behind it, and that it doesn’t focus more on some of its key aspects. It does not work as a thriller, despite its more than undoubted technical virtues.
March 17, 20233
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