Norman (Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer) Reviews
Go and see it before it disappears.
I will step forward and say that I'm not great at understanding financial talk and intricate political discussion, so the details of important plot points escaped me. That said, there is a Shakespearean quality to this story, what-with the inclusion of acts and a flawed character that evokes interest, disgust, intrigue, rage and sympathy. I haven't seen all of the Gere things, but here, he's delivering a delicious performance that's hard to forget. He totally transforms into this shady character that never seems to tell the truth. He's an enigma until the end, and while he's a character you should totally despise, you don't because
Gere's charisma and confidence makes him likeable.
Some performances in here are consistent and others are hot/cold. The Israeli prime minister isn't always on point, but I thought he killed it in this one monologue about compromise.
There are some cool visual depictions of characters talking to each other on the phone that gave this movie its own unique touch. However there is this talking heads scene that montages through a part of Norman's story that shows his rise, while everything that focuses on his fall and his tough beginnings is fleshed out. The pacing is also pretty strong. It doesn't really drag and it does keep you visually engaged throughout. There's also this character they introduce late that I thought was a clever inclusion.
Norman's not for everybody, and it's not really a feel good type of flick. But it's intriguing and worth rewatching.