The Little Things Review

This big blockbuster film falls flat


Jake Olson

The Post’s favorite movie reviewer, Jake Olson, gives his thoughts on “The Little Things”

Jake Olson, Staff Writer

“The Little Things” was written and directed by John Lee Hancock and tells a story about a veteran detective and a young hotshot new cop and their obsession with a new murder case that is terrorizing young girls in the Los Angeles area. This was one of the movies of 2021 I was really looking forward to watching. It has a great cast with Denzel Washington, Rami Malek, and Jared Leto. All of these individuals are Oscar-nominated actors who have had a lot of great performances in their past. The story looked promising, and John Lee Hancock has made some solid movies in the past like “The Highwaymen.” Unfortunately, this movie did not live up to my expectations.


This movie felt flat for me for many reasons. For starters, I did not really care for the characters as much as I wanted. They were just there in the movie for me, and they lacked the development I was wishing for. The only one I kind of liked was Denzel Washington’s character, Deke. Maybe it was because they really did not invest in the characters as much as I wanted to see. When the movie doesn’t have good character development, it has to have a great plot, which is what directors like Christopher Nolan do. But I did not like the flow of this movie at all. It was badly paced and had little tension. At times the movie dragged on and I was looking at the clock. 


This movie has a stellar cast but a lackluster story line, and character development make this movie a tension-less mess. The actors did the best they could with what they were given, but the overall result was just a messy movie with not a lot of emotion. Also, the ending was not to my personal expectations. I was not on board with it at all.