After nearly three decades trapped in development limbo, director John Lee Hancock’s latest project, The Little Things, has come to fruition. Denzel Washington stars as Kern County Deputy Sherriff Joe Deacon, who takes on the job of tracking down a vicious serial killer. At his side to aid in stopping the murderer’s crime spree is LAPD Detective Jim Baxter (Rami Malek), although their fundamental differences lead to frequent conflicts that jeopardize their case. They ultimately pin Jared Leto’s Albert Sparma as their prime suspect, but not before the investigation becomes incredibly personal for the seasoned Deacon.
Despite all the streaming buzz, The Little Things is having a rough go with viewers, at least according to Rotten Tomatoes. It’s facing down a 49% rotten score from critics and a slightly better 53% from audiences, with the consensus reading “An exceptionally well-cast throwback thriller, The Little Things will feel deeply familiar to genre fans — for better and for worse.”
If you’re a fan of neo-noir crime thrillers, one or more members of the movie’s A-list cast, or simply looking for something new to watch, The Little Things is still very much deserving of your time, and there’s no time like the present. It leaves HBO Max at the end of February.