a dithering, arduous shredding of Donna Tartt’s doorstep novel

Dir: John Crowley. Cast: Ansel Elgort, Oakes Fegley, Aneurin Barnard, Finn Wolfhard, Nicole Kidman, Sarah Paulson, Luke Wilson, Jeffrey Wright, Ashleigh Cummings, Willa Fitzgerald, Denis O’Hare, Boyd Gaines. 15 cert, 149 mins

How do you solve a problem like The Goldfinch? Published in 2013, Donna Tartt’s nearly-800-page novel won the Pulitzer Prize while starkly dividing readers – it was by far the most love-it-or-hate-it book of her career to date. If this tale of art and alienation among New York’s elite felt weirdly thin for such a breeze block, the story’s frustrations only intensify in the higgledy-piggledy film version. 

Tartt’s book has been put through a grater, then reassembled into…

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