A young cadet who will later become the renowned author Edgar Allan Poe assists veteran investigator Augustus Landor as they look into a string of gruesome murders.
The Pale Blue Eye Cast :
Christian Bale, Harry Melling, Gillian Anderson, Lucy Boynton, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Toby Jones, Harry Lawtey, Simon McBurney, Timothy Spall, Hadley Robinson, Joey Brooks, Brennan Keel Cook, Gideon Glick, Fred Hechinger, Matt Heim, Steven Maier, Charlie Tahan, Robert Duvall
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The Pale Blue Eye Review :
From filmmaker Scott Cooper comes “The Pale Blue Eye,” an adaptation of the novel from author Louis Bayard and will more than likely go down as one of 2023’s most underrated and overlooked gems despite being a Netflix original due to its January release. Starring a massive cast consisting of Christian Bale, Harry Melling, Gillian Anderson, Lucy Bonton, Toby Jones, Robert Duvall, and many more, we get a murder mystery thriller that takes place in the 1830s and focuses on Augustus Landor who is hired to help solve a slew of murders started off by the hanging of West Point Academy cadet LeRoy Fry and he enlists the help of a young cadet who will go on to be the iconic poet Edgar Allen Poe. The story at heart centers around who is responsible for these murders, but we also see the mystique surrounding Poe’s character and whether he’s a guilty party or someone just extremely obsessed with the mythology around these murders, and both Bale and Melling are terrific here with the latter giving his best career performance as the enigmatic Poe, and whenever other faces like Anderson, Bonton, and Duvall show up it’s a genuine surprise. The cinematography uses natural lighting and a drab color palette that creates a dark and ominous tone this film needs in order to work, with a scene in a saloon seeing fire-lit candlelights as the only source of light which is just impressive on screen, but the location here sees a very snowy environment for the entire film and it’s simply astounding that we have mid-budget films that are shot at real places in today’s industry. While the pacing can make the film feel like a bit of a chore, there’s nothing here that won’t keep you compelled as the mystery is extremely investing and the shocking finale is one no one will see coming even if they think they know it before hand, and we should be thankful that platforms like Netflix are allowing filmmakers like Cooper to make original films like this that have no real place in a market filled with massive blockbuster films and small indies.
THIS IS CINEMA Incredible acting and dialogue – it was refreshing to see the characters of Landor and Poe present such raw emotion on screen. Harry Mellling shines in this film delivering an incredible performance and paired with Bale’s phenomenal acting, both actors display how much film and television need well-written characters. Their relationship throughout the film is something I admired the most, with the ending scene making my throat tighten as I try to swallow my tears. The twists and turns in the storyline along with it’s dark undertone, which is alike to the grimness that oozes from Poe’s literary work, is sure to make for a great watch. Those who view this film and deem it too dark, boring or long perhaps need to stray from the 90 minute films often presented by Netflix that can only be compared to fast-food; for this film is of a richer taste.
Compared to the Raven this fell short of the green, you’d think with such a star studded cast it’s bound to excite how wrong I was . The acting was mediocre at best with Bale really the only life raft in it. Why do directors insist on making movies of this time so dark it looks like it was filmed in a cave? This automatically will cost the audience to groan in despair. I think whoever researched Poe got him mixed up with some sort of cartoon character , the movie itself was painfully slow like waiting on my old Commodore 64 to load a game. Potential is a word I think we use far too often once we see certain names, but that’s where it ends, yes men are multiplying quicker than gremlins with water in Hollywood nowadays, Honesty is unheard of in the studios and on set. When I watched The Raven I thought it was exciting, the type of edge of your seat don’t blink or you’ll miss it acting. Produced and directed as close as you could get without overstepping the boundaries. Kept you guessing, Cusack, Gleeson, Jackson-Cohen and Evans were brilliant until the last half hour it still pushed you and it probably cost half the budget of this