Laundromat (2019)

(Last Updated On: November 7, 2019)

The Laundromat


Title: Laundromat

Year: 2019

Genre: Comedy| Crime| Drama|

Runtime: 95 min

Director:   Steven Soderbergh

Starring:  Gary Oldman, Antonio Banderas, AJ Meijer

imdb 6,3/10


In this The Big Short (2015)-esque dramedy based on the Mossack Fonseca scandal, a cast of characters investigate insurance fraud, chasing leads to a pair of flamboyant Panama City law partners exploiting the world’s financial system.


As much as I adore Gary Oldman in acting skills and a hotkey, Meryl Streep, this movie struggles to keep the story straight. Therefore, Steven Soderbergh, tries a new approach in telling a compelling story, that I don’t really buy all the new through.

The context is that it’s a true story. It’s a compelling and biographical one. And with the two hosts of Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas is rather difficult to take this seriously as the genre is directed as a drama-comedy. This quirky approach might fall easy on some people but it’s hard to connect with characters as there are a lot of people to keep track of.

Soderbergh, who has directed some very good movies with dynamic character but there is an off-tone missed in the mix. It’s doesn’t strike as naturally as it should be. It doesn’t benchmark these characters and make them believable.

As we’re supposed to invest with these characters, that doesn’t happen. It’s hard to reconcile with these actors’ performances. Even if it’s the best one’s in Hollywood. It’s trying very hard to mimic The Big Short (2015) in terms of editing and narrative-style. It feels like an unnecessary copy of something that we’ve already seen before.

Gary Oldman, who is one of my favorite actors doesn’t give a good performance. It’s one of his worst achievement, considering he did early this year won an Oscar for best performance as a lead actor. He tries his best, but the directing and the script doesn’t invite his character as I want it to be. As he both talk to the audience as a talk-show host and is a part of the story, it gives me a hard time for me to actually understands his character. Why he is in the story and what his action does actually mean? Mostly he just spits up a lot of exposition for the story and it doesn’t give it that much depth. The same goes for Antonio Banderas, who acts as a similar character.

Meryl Streep is one that actually has a backstory that actually means something. It’s a little easier to connect with her, to care for her as we’re first introduced to her and follow throughout the process of the movie.

The editing ain’t smooth in keeping it interesting. It’s hard cuts and some creative freedoms behind many of the decisions. The character spends a lot of time in front of a green screen which also keeps your interest for this story decrease for the most time. In the way it’s shot, it’s felt a lot of commercial ads where they walk around on a movie sets, doing the lazy and easy way. Providing nothing for an interesting story, that supposed to be true…


Grade 2 of 5

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