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  • Writer's pictureEllis Barthorpe

Beckett ★

Ferdinando Cito Filomarino

Starring John David Washington, Vicky Krieps, Alicia Vikander, Boyd Holbrook, Panos Koronis

The newest Netflix original film has (dis)graced our small screens. After John David Washington's performances in Tenet and Malcom & Marie, a thriller starring the actor seemed an optimistic premise. But it doesn't take long to realise that Beckett is lacking in structure and any clear self-affirmation of its' genre.

John David Washington is doing all he can to bring charisma to the role, but the plot just doesn't pull an audience in. The reasoning of Beckett's involvement in any of the films events are weak and unjustified, making it easy to switch off and lose interest.

Alongside the flawed plot, the cinematography has its moments of confusion too. In certain places, a grainy look creates a 1950's Western feel, yet in others the shaky camera and strange shot choices create an awkward, 'student-film' feel.

Perhaps Netflix should resist in throwing money at whoever asks for it; because here not enough love and time has been given to make this watchable besides its leading actors.

Beckett available now on Netflix

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