Review in Brief: The Outfit (2022)

THE OUTFIT is one of the best films with one of the worst trailers of 2022. The marketing might have had you fooled that you had it all figured out, but this tense little chamber piece about a British cutter (suit maker) in 1930s Chicago caught up in organised crime is all about the little details. Mark Rylance is the aforementioned seemingly nervy man with shears, needle and thread landed with a body in his shop, Zoey Deutch is his spirited assistant and Johnny Flynn a brutal mob enforcer trying to clean up a mess before his boss (Simon Russell Beale) arrives. The script from writer-director Graham Moore is clever in an unshowy way, full minor and major twists that keep you on your toes, and while other films have gone to similar places before, tight control of the storytelling and an ensemble all going above and beyond makes this unexpectedly memorable. SSP

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

Writer and film fanatic fond of black comedies, sci-fi, animation and films about dysfunctional families.
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