The Goldfinch is a painfully earnest drama based on Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize winner about a young man named Theo (Ansel Elgort) whose mother dies in a terrorist bombing at an art museum. In the immediate aftermath of the explosion, he steals a Dutch painting called “The Goldfinch” by Carel Fabritius, who himself perished in an explosion known as the Delft Thunderclap. Theo processes this tragedy as he descends into the criminal world of art forgery. Nicole Kidman, Oakes Fegley, Aneurin Barnard, Finn Wolfhard, Sarah Paulson, Luke Wilson, and Jeffrey Wright play pieces of the puzzle. John Crowley (Brooklyn) directed, and Roger Deakins contributed the beautifully muted cinematography. Opening wide.

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