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Probably as good as it could possibly be

The first thing that struck me watching this film set in the 1970s is how much it looked like a movie made in the 1970s. The replication of the look of a 70s film is an impressive and fairly subtle touch in settling the audience into the atmosphere of the film. The performances are top notch and it’s a pleasure watching so many fine actors ply their craft so well. The difficulty of condensing a complex story into a two hour film, though, leaves viewers who are unfamiliar with the details of the story either because they have never read it or, in my case, read it so long ago as to remember nothing other than that is was good adrift a bit too much to be completely satisfied. But I doubt it could have been any better and still remained at a cineplex friendly length.