A Most Wanted Man

A Most Wanted Man ★★★★

Back in the late 90s there was a period of time where it seemed like every second movie had Philip Seymour Hoffman in it. The fact that will never happen again makes me so sad.

This was the Hoffman work I was going to save for down the road. Like Vonnegut's Player Piano which I will probably never read, just so I always have one more Vonnegut around. A Most Wanted Man was going to be my last Hoffman. But then I had everyone talk to me about it and tell me I had to see it. Well, I'm glad I did. It is solid, exciting spy fare. The acting all around is good and the end is particularly tense. Hoffman is the center of the film--a cynical, stubborn man with a set of values that are more noble than his job allows. He is as good as he ever has been.

As Hoffman's last finished role, this was a great end to too short a career. And I still have Mockingjay to watch, though I don't think it will be the same.