“Where’s the Dignity?” doesn’t lack for drama or tension; it’s just much better stacked than its predecessors.
The Knick remains one hell of a panoramic contraption, and Clive Owen’s starring turn as Dr. John Thackery is one of the show’s major draws.
The lurking anti-subtlety of The Knick’s pilot picks right back up in “Mr. Paris Shoes.”
A decidedly 21st-century tension drives The Knick: the murky interstice between recorded and unrecorded history.
At least the irony with which this transparently written and dispassionately aestheticized film so demagogically argues for the value of words and pictures is brutally convincing.
What Lumet or Cassavetes often showed with a look, an image, a movement, Canet chooses to tell, and often at length, with the most heavy-handed dialogue imaginable.
James Marsh perfectly matches his aesthetic strategies to the story’s shifting moral terrain.