I’m a sucker for classic film noir, and the latest modern day film to venture into the mostly forgotten genre is Liam Neeson’s “Marlowe”. As the name makes obvious, the film is based on Raymond Chandler’s famous hard-boiled detective Philip Marlowe. It’s more directly inspired by the 2014 novel “The Black-Eyed Blonde” by Irish writer John Banville. Neeson plays the title character in what is the 100th movie of his career. It’s directed by Neil Jordan (“The Crying Game”, “Interview with the Vampire”) and written for the screen by Oscar winner William Monahan (“The Departed”). That’s a pretty interesting group.
The first trailer leans heavy in the film noir style showing Neeson’s Marlowe navigating the seedy parts of 1939 Los Angeles. He’s hired by a wealthy heiress (played by Diane Kruger) to find her ex-lover. But to no surprise, the case leads him down some dark and twisted paths. The film also stars Jessica Lange, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Danny Huston, Alan Cumming, and Colm Meaney. “Marlowe” has the look and sizzle of a classic film noir. I’m looking forward to seeing if it delivers.
“Marlowe” hits theaters February 15th. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.