A Most Wanted Man

A Most Wanted Man ★★★½

Only natural, I suppose, for a movie this cold to also be a little bit sluggish, but I couldn't completely get on its slow-burn wavelength. I do also wonder how we'd receive this movie if it was just one of many, before and after, featuring the great Philip Seymour Hoffman, and not one of the very last he completed. Hoffman's death adds a level of poignance to A MOST WANTED MAN that wouldn't be there otherwise.

Still, the ending is an absolutely knockout. What a punch in the gut, and such a perfect one for its tale of minnows, barracudas, and sharks. Sometimes people prefer to be the big fish in a small pond. And sometimes the fish thinks it's bigger than it is.