(a film review by Mark R. Leeper)

AMSTERDAM starts in the 1930s, but then jumps back to World War I and its aftermath before returning to the 1930s. The production design by Judy Becker and art direction by Danielle Osborne and Alexander Wei, the cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki, and the script by David O. Russell all capture both periods. The former period includes surrealist art, the latter Dadaist poetry. (Margot Robie became so interested in the art that she actually created some of the pieces used in the film.) And the ensemble cast (which includes Christian Bale, Margot Robie, John David Washington. Chris Rock, Michael Shannon, Zoe Saldana, Mike Myers, Rami Malek, and Robert De Niro) allows for a wide range of characterizations. Though most of the characters are fictional, the historical basis for the story is real.

Released theatrically 7 October 2022. Rating: low +3 (-4 to +4) or 8/10

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