Marlowe is a movie directed by Neil Jordan starirng Liam Neeson. With Diane Kruger and Jessica Lange. It is based on a novel by John Banville.
Marlowe is one of those films that probably shouldn’t have been made, and let me explain why: the character has all the connotations of a classic that is completely sacrosanct (The Maltese Falcon, by John Huston) and probably the most untouchable character in the history of cinema, played by the greatest star of the zenith of the golden age of the history of this art – Humphrey Bogart.
About the Movie
Whether it was well-made, brilliant, or even if Orson Welles had directed it, I would have reason to complain, and so it is, because of the obvious reminiscences of the untouchable classic.
Liam Neeson provides a similar role – if not identical to – Bogart’s, in a story that respects Raymond Chandler’s and is completely tinged with a cinematic wink to itself.
What’s more, it is directed by a certain Neil Jordan, who has his own style – which isn’t always much appreciated, and does something totally different from the classic film: it is woven around flashbacks and knows how to compose itself through the camera movements, vivacity and a very elegant scenography.
By the way, I must mention Diane Kruger, always beautiful and distinguished, who plays the role to perfection, and Jessica Lange, who knows how to give an elegant touch in every shot.
Marlowe is elegant, faithful to the original, and moreover, brings a lot to the viewer visually, but neither wants nor knows how to be a repetition, and neither Liam Neeson nor Neil Jordan are up to the task, so they condemn themselves to the memory of Bogart and Huston.
However, give it a chance, because Marlowe is a very agile film in terms of staging, has great actors, and throughout, it knows how to refresh the story and the character of the great detective.
Neil Jordan is an Irish filmmaker and novelist, who has written and directed a number of acclaimed films and television series.
He has directed nine feature films, including The Crying Game, Interview with the Vampire, The Butcher Boy, Byzantium and Ondine.
He has also wrote for several television series including the BAFTA award-winning The Borgias and the British series, Riviera.
He was born in Sligo, Ireland on February 25th, 1950 and is married to actress Brenda Fricker.
In 2020, he was awarded an honorary OBE from The Queen for his contribution to film and television.
The Star: Liam Neeson
Liam Neeson is an acclaimed Irish actor and producer, known for his powerful performances in a variety of roles. He is best known for his Academy Award nominated role in Steven Spielberg’s 1993 classic Schindler’s List, as well as iconic turns in films such as Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, Taken, The Grey and the Batman trilogy.
Born on June 7th, 1952 in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, Neeson was raised Catholic. He studied at Queen’s University Belfast before dropping out to pursue a career in acting at age 25. After landing his first feature film role in 1981’s Excalibur, he quickly established himself as one of the most sought-after actors of his generation. Over the course of four decades on screen, he has earned numerous awards and accolades including Golden Globe nominations for Michael Collins (1996) and Kinsey (2005), a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor for Love Actually (2003) and an Emmy nomination for his work on the miniseries Kennedy.
Liam Neeson / Philip Marlowe
Diane Kruger / Clare Cavendish
Jessica Lange / Dorothy Cavendish
Danny Huston / Floyd Hanson
Alan Cumming / Lou Hendricks
Ian Hart / Joe Green
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje / Cedric
Daniela Melchior / Lynn Peterson
Patrick Muldoon / Richard Cavendish
Colm Meaney / Bernie Ohls