Film: Tartt’s objet d’art loses its literary lustre

John Maguire reviews the latest silver screen releases

29th September, 2019
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Nicole Kidman and Ansel Elgort in The Goldfinch

Irish writer and director John Crowley’s adaptation of Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch would appear to have everything going for it: a talented director fresh off a Best Picture nomination for Brooklyn, a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel from an acclaimed author, an A-list ensemble cast (Nicole Kidman, Ansel Elgort, Sarah Paulson, Luke Wilson among them), and cinema’s greatest image-maker Roger Deakins behind the camera. On paper it’s a must-see, but films – unlike books – are not...

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