The Pale Blue Eye is one of the first fascinating films of 2023

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Who would have thought it would be us start in 2023 with an origin story for Edgar Alan Poe?

No, it’s not a biopic, although they certainly do exist among those many, many depictions of the man who is credited invent the Modern detective story In the last century. Instead it is the Netflix theatre The light blue eyewhat stars Christian Balle, Gillan Andersonand Harry Melling and directed by Scott Cooper that offers its own spin about the legendary author in a gothic crime thriller.

Based on the 2006 novel by Louis Bayard, set in 1830, veteran detective Augustus Landor (Bale) is called in to investigate the apparent suicide of a West Point cadet whose Heart was removed from his body after his death. Landor quickly decides to appoint a young Poe (Melling), a fellow cadet at West Point, to help him with his investigation. Full of veteran character actors, gloomy imagesand a not-so-secret cameo from John Fetterman (he has a previous connection with Cooper and Bale), The light blue eye works best when it leans fully on his Gothic leaningsespecially when Anderson is allowed to chew the scenery.

But the actual draw of The light blue eye is Poe himself. When I first started watching, I texted a friend and remarked, “If this is the origin of The Tell-Tale Heart, I’m going to roll my eyes so much,” and as long as it is some of these easter eggs are in abundance– Character names and some of the more cryptic suggestions from Poe saying his dead mother talks to him in his dreams – it still mostly works because of all that oddity and mysticism are played perfectly by Mellingwho was get praise on the internet for him power.

It is not the first big or memorable role for Melling – in recent years he has appeared in The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, The Tragedy of Macbeth, The Queen’s Gambit, The devil all the timeand The Old Guard— but whenever he shows up, something similar happens: people Look up Melling on IMDb and discover He started out as Dudley Dursley in the Harry Potter movies. This usually shocks She.

Melling guess what his first role brought him up, but if the run he’s had is any indication, he might have ended up one of the more intriguing postpotter Career among the younger alum of the series.

Why it matters

The light blue eye isn’t necessarily the result of the IP detection of anything we can get our hands on (and it’s not even the first film in which Poe solve crimes), but the iconography scratches that itch during tell a different story. Add people’s current interest in mysteries such as glass onion and some fun plays and it could be a hit.

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Jaclyn Diaz

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