Motherless Brooklyn has all the elements to make a great crime drama, but it meanders its way into the meh.

As a piece of storytelling Motherless Brooklyn just feels so lifeless, with any real sense of danger and excitement seeping out of the picture.  Norton’s performance could have come off as comical, but somehow is memorable.

For a first-time big budget director, I will give Norton a pass.  I am excited to see what he might do in the future.  If you absolutely love Noir Movies, this might be the right flick for you.