My initial reaction to Richard Gere’s personal odyssey Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer was a mild thumbs-down due to a number of story weaknesses. I wasn’t buying the premise. But following Gere’s Norman around did get under my skin, just enough for a 6/10.
SPOILER ALERT!! Spoiler follows! To elaborate, the premise that Norman is, as we find out definitively late in the film, homeless, I just didn’t buy. A much better movie would have shown, assuming this was some sort of recently-incurred station in life, how it happened. But even if it had, how would he be homeless at the outset and still years later? Homeless, yet buying a $1,200 pair of shoes. I think not.
Comparison Notes: Dark Water (attorney)