The Pale Blue Eye review: frozen heart

The Pale Blue Eye, is the more than enticing promise of bringing together the winning duo of Hostiles for a period thriller. But if the whole turns out to be solid, its starched classicism nonetheless stifles all emotion.

The Pale Blue Eye therefore marks the reunion between Scott Cooper and Christian Bale. The director has thus gone through many genres, each time bringing his patina both imbued with an elegant and visceral classicism, western Hostile (his best film), through the horror of the unjustly passed unnoticed hungry. Christian Bale, after moving to Marvel to Thor: Love and Thunderone of the franchise’s worst installments, and reuniting with David O. Russell for a amsterdam disappointing, finds here a role to its full extent, in the role of a disillusioned detective, investigating with a certain Edgar Allan Poe within the American Military Academy. Unfortunately, everything here turns out to be far too rough to cause the slightest spark.

My homie Poe

Pale Blue Eye thus seizes with great respect all the codes of the most prestigious productions of the Hammer and the Victorian thriller. Misty forests, snowy landscapes, sordid murders and a bit of esotericism, the setting turns out to be perfectly staged by a Scott Cooper always perfectly aware of his influences, thus delivering a realization so rough that it forgets the flesh of his intrigue. Because the mines are dull and the landscape so desolate that even Christian Bale seems somewhat extinguished, faced with the whimsical Harry Melling (Dudsley in Harry Potter), who deploys here all his talent to portray a devilishly endearing Edgar Allan Poe.

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The talented Charlotte Gainsbourg, Toby Jones and Gillian Anderson deliver solid performances, an adjective that can also be applied to describe what The Pale Blue Eye is. Because the adaptation of the eponymous novel by Louis Bayard signed Scott Cooper is sorely lacking in flesh. The duration of the film can thus surprise as the investigation seems, even voluntarily, played out in advance, proposing a last act that could have been moving if it had taken the time to bring an ounce of humanity to characters whose dryness stifles all possible emotion. We thus remain unmoved in front of The Pale Blue Eyewhich is fortunately far from devoid of qualities.

Military rigor

We thus find the essence, even by small touches, of the cinema of Scott Cooper, the arid landscapes ofHostileto the endearing friendship between two generations of crazyheartto the supernatural family secret ofhungry. But rather than offering a patchwork inspired by his cinema, the filmmaker seizes here the work of Louis Bayard with far too much discretion, as if to try, without success, to dynamite a scenario far too starchy to register for the rank of his most notable films. Pale Blue-Eye thus remains dull and somewhat disembodied, even when he wishes to strike at the heart of a narrative that has deliberately spent its time freezing him.

Review The Pale Blue Eye
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The Pale Blue Eye nonetheless remains a solidly and well-executed proposal, but cannot help but leave the impression of a missed date. A mandatory interview where no one really seems to exist except at the turn of the only character who has really marked history and who has gone down in history, that of Edgar Allan Poe. Scott Cooper’s film thus suffers from the same defect as the American military school setting in which it takes place: its roughness and its weighty obedience to the rules of an icy scenario which it nonetheless agrees to obey blindly. To deliver only a hopelessly pale blue eye, and to think that the circle is finally complete.

The Pale Blue Eye is available on Netflix.



frozen heart

The Pale Blue Eye is a project as solid as it is devilishly disembodied. Scott Cooper delivers the essence of his cinema by small touches in an attempt to awaken a sluggish script and characters, from which only the interpretation of Henry Melling in the skin of a whimsical Edgar Allan Poe seems to escape. A film far too pale to arouse the slightest emotion in a heart that the film has long taken the time to freeze.

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The Pale Blue Eye review: frozen heart