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

John Maguire reviews the latest silver screen releases

29th September, 2019
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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