This new movie starring Tony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling is not so much a "Who dunnit" as a "How did he do it?". On this basis I should have a job in the DA's office because I spotted it very early on. Hopkins keeps changing accents, which is was disconcerting. Was it deliberate? Was he trying to add mystery to his character? Was it just lazy? In a sort of sub-Lecter character Hopkins acts everyone else off the screen, but it's still a lazy performance; it's too easy for him. So what's wrong with the film? The love interest with Rosamund Pike is pointless and without chemistry - probably there to introduce her father. The final twist was telegraphed long before it needed to be. The business with the confusion over the cell phones was put in as a heavy hint when most people would have solved the puzzle, but the main problem was Gosling. He just can't carry a film. I've not seen him before in anything. He is apparently Canadian, so he can't be all bad, and he was nominated for an Oscar for Half Nelson, which I haven't seen. Perhaps it's unfair to play him alongside Hopkins, but even a lazy Hopkins makes him look like an amateur. He reminds me of Edward Norton. In a famous Master Class on acting, Michael Caine emphasized the importance of being still for the camera. Both these young actors seem to have taken this on board. They have thin-lipped expressionless faces that hardly move during a performance.
I absolve David Strathairn from criticism. He was the only other convincing actor in the movie.
Daniel Radcliffe is what is wrong with the latest Harry Potter film. He is so wooden that he must have thought he was playing the part of his wand rather than Harry Potter himself. This franchise is getting to the darker end of the books; there's not much humor in this one. The supporting acting is generally excellent. Imelda Staunton, once again astonishes with her range, Michael Gambon looked much more of a Dumbledore than last time, Robbie Coltrane still convinces as Hagrid, an ageing Rober Hardy plays Fudge, but then there are Emma Thompson, David Thewlis, Richard Griffiths, Fiona Shaw, Helena Bonham-Carter, Ralph Feinnes, Brendan Gleeson, Gary Oldman, Mark Williams, Maggie Smith, Julie Walters, Jason Isaacs and Alan Rickman. A special mention for David Bradley. This veteran actor has been playing villains, tramps and petty criminals for many years, and has been able to construct the horrible Filch in all the films. No-one does loathsome better.
Emma Watson may have a career after Harry Potter. The jury is still out on Rupert Grint. As for Daniel Ratcliffe - take the money and run.