Candid Cinema

The Laundromat Review

This is not a film. This is more of an elaborate documentary that breaks the 4th wall. Yes, stylistically it’s different and Soderbergh definitely tries many different things but this true story did not need to be adapted… especially in this bizarre way.

Soderbergh cast Meryl Streep, Antonio Banderas and Gary Oldman. 3 huge names coming together to display the corruption, greed and downfall of Wall Street in the most boring way possible. There were too many elements, too many characters that had no depth and too many angles that the narrative got lost.

This piece of work was all over the place and I was beyond confused. I didn’t care for a single person in this film and that’s why it was so difficult to connect and understand any of it. Yes, Meryl Streep pulls out many surprises, especially the final scene of this film, in which she makes a political statement that will inevitably land her in the Oscar race. However, the rest of it was a huge mess.

This film is going to be categorized in the same group as The Big Short and American Hustle, i.e films that tried to do too much with no actual substance in the story.

I knew going into this that I wasn’t going to like it because of who directed it and I so badly wanted to be proven wrong, yet here I am, disappointed AGAIN.

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