Movie ‘The Laundromat’ misuses its great cast by taking a disappointingly blun. The Film unfocused approach to dramatizing the real-life events that inspired it.
The Director Steven Soderbergh and writer Scott Z. Burns have collaborated multiple times throughout their careers. And team up once again for Netflix’s The Laundromat.
The film, which toured the fall festival circuit prior to being available to stream. This movie is based on the true story behind the exposing of the Panama Papers – documents that detailed offshore accounts of some of the world’s wealthiest and most powerful individuals (which were at times used for various illegal activities).
The combination of Soderbergh, Burns and an A-list cast headlined by Meryl Streep and Gary Oldman had a lot of promise on-paper, seemingly giving Netflix another awards contender to handle this year. Unfortunately, this one falls short of its aspirations.
In short, The Laundromat is a scattered, disappointing effort by Soderbergh. That fails to make the most its source material and talented ensemble.
When her idyllic vacation takes an unthinkable turn. Ellen Martin (Meryl Streep) begins investigating a fake insurance policy. Only to find herself down a rabbit hole of questionable dealings that can be linked to a Panama City law firm and its vested interest in helping the world’s wealthiest citizens amass even larger fortunes. The charming and very well-dressed — founding partners Jürgen Mossack (Gary Oldman). Ramón Fonseca (Antonio Banderas) are experts in the seductive ways shell companies and offshore accounts help the rich and powerful prosper. They are about to show us that Ellen’s predicament only hints at the tax evasion, bribery. And other illicit absurdities that the super wealthy indulge in to support the world’s corrupt financial system
Rating: R (for language, some sexual content and disturbing images)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Directed By: Steven Soderbergh
Written By: Scott Z. Burns, Jake Bernstein
In Theaters: Sep 27, 2019 Limited
On Disc/Streaming: Oct 18, 2019
Runtime: 96 minutes
What are the Critics saying about ‘The Laundromat”?
Ann Hornaday (Washington Post)
An intriguingly interpretive if scattershot and tonally uneven attempt to deconstruct the financial. And legal arcana contained in the massive data-dump known as the Panama Papers.
Adam Graham (Detroit News)
Soderbergh keeps the heavy themes light and even playful. And Streep rides the film’s sardonic wave in a double role that sees her donning a garish disguise as a Panamanian office worker.
Richard Roeper (Chicago Sun-Times)
Steven Soderbergh’s social satire mashes up multiple stories of various tones, but they never become a cohesive package.
Joey Magidson (Hollywood News)
So little works here. The structure is muddled, the characters are bland, and the point being made is so thin. It doesn’t warrant its own existence.
John Serba (Decider)
More often than not, lesser Soderbergh is still worth watching. This is one of those times.