The Little Things – Movie Review (Spoiler Free)

Now in theaters and streaming through February 28 on HBO Max

The Little Things is the first WB film of 2021 to hit theaters and HBO Max simultaneously. This movie stars heavy hitters, such as Denzel Washington, Rami Malek, and Jared Leto. With a strong cast like that, you would this film will be a home run. The original draft of this movie was actually written by the Director back in 1993. Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Warren Beatty, and Danny DeVito were all attached at some point to direct before John Hancock decided to helm his own movie.

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The Little Things Synopsis

Kern County Deputy Sheriff Joe Deacon is sent to Los Angeles for what should have been a quick evidence-gathering assignment. Instead, he becomes embroiled in the search for a serial killer who is terrorizing the city.

The Little Things tries to be like Se7en but doesn’t fully commit to the serial killer genre. It does have its fair share of surprising moments but the cookie-cutter plot has some gaps. This movie does not deliver anything we have not seen before. If you hope to see a deep analysis of the crimes, then you will be disappointed.

You can’t go wrong with an Academy Award-winning cast. Denzel Washington is mesmerizing throughout the movie, which is no surprise as he has always nails down the hero role with his charm. Rami Malek continues the strangeness in his acting methods, which continues to puzzle me to this day as he struggles to stray away from the Mr. Robot vibes. Jared Leto once again takes his acting to the extreme by making himself somewhat un-recognizable with another transformation of his body, turning up the creep level in his performance, and outshining his co-stars.

The Little Things Movie Review

The strong acting was not enough to make The Little Things a memorable movie. It is a mediocre crime story and barely scratches the surface. It drags you down a path full of twists that will ultimately leave you bummed and mildly disappointed.


I give The Little Things a 7/10 as it does keep you entertained and sucked in for 2 and half hours. Watch this movie for the actors and don’t worry about the plot.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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