Summarize this content material to 540 phrases The richly hard-boiled terrain of detective Philip Marlowe has at all times been, to cite Raymond Chandler, “a pleasant neighborhood to have unhealthy habits in.”Chandler’s Los Angeles gumshoe has stretched throughout a few of the most fertile many years of American cinema, from Howard Hawks’ seductively cryptic “The Massive Sleep” (1946) to Robert Altman’s “The Lengthy Goodbye” (1973). Having been performed by Humphrey Bogart, Dick Powell, Robert Mitchum and Elliot Gould, amongst others, he’s much less a personality than a legacy to be handed down, like a cherished darkish fedora.Nevertheless it’s been a very long time, nearly half a century, since Marlowe was notably portrayed on the massive display. “Marlowe,” with Liam Neeson because the personal eye, is a reclamation undertaking, a bid to recapture some old-school, tough-talking film magic. And, intriguingly, “Marlowe” isn’t taken instantly from Chandler. It’s as an alternative an unique (albeit deeply trustworthy) interpretation of the character penned by William Monahan (screenwriter of “The Departed”), tailored from John Banville’s 2014 e book, “The Black-Eyed Blonde: A Philip Marlowe Novel.”The urge for imitation is an understandably robust one. Who wouldn’t wish to write sentences like: “She gave me a smile I may really feel in my hip pocket.” And “Marlowe” seemingly has all of the requisite trappings. Venetian blinds. Femme fatales. The sinister underbelly of well mannered society. So why does — to paraphrase Chandler once more — “Marlowe” principally simply kill time and die arduous?The movie, which opens Friday in theaters, is a handsomely made interval piece crafted with apparent affection for movie noir by the veteran director Neil Jordan (“The Crying Recreation”), plus a high flight forged together with Neeson, Diane Kruger, Jessica Lange, Danny Huston and Alan Cumming. But “Marlowe,” enveloped with a powerful odor of mothballs, appears like an outdated pinstripe go well with that’s been taken out of the closet for no obvious motive. Neeson’s Marlowe punches more durable, however that’s about all that distinguishes the movie, which has made surprisingly little effort to rethink Marlowe from a brand new perspective. Marlowe feels extra like a mummy purposelessly raised from the lifeless.The 12 months is 1939, which occurs to be when Chandler’s flatfoot debuted on the web page, in “The Massive Sleep.” We’re again in early Los Angeles, a nonetheless deeply intoxicating second in pre-freeway California. Sadly, as scrumptious as some settings right here will be — iced tea sipping on a veranda, a lush neon-signed nightclub — “Marlowe” was largely shot in Dublin and Barcelona, robbing the story of probably its most essential character: Los Angeles.Like numerous personal eye tales earlier than it, “Marlowe” opens with a mysterious girl — Clare Cavendish, an Irish-American heiress — enlisting a detective (Marlowe, naturally) for a job. She desires him to seek out her misplaced lover (François Arnaud), a search that leads Marlowe to an unique members’ membership that has some very vicious issues occurring behind closed doorways. It’s overseen by the wide-smiling Floyd Hanson (a brightly brutish Huston), whose toothy grin barely disguises his underlying menace. Like Marlowe, he’s a veteran of the battle, and if something sticks on this stale story, it’s the way in which he shrugs off previous horrors whereas carrying them into every day life. “We’re alive and others will not be, and it’s a nice morning,” he neatly summarizes to Marlowe. What else works? Lange will get a couple of advantageous scenes as Cavendish’s mom, Dorothy Quincannon, a former Hollywood star whose daughter was performed within the papers as her niece, in order to not age her. There are some hints of a probably absorbing mother-daughter femme fatale twist. However “Marlowe” lacks each a significant thriller for Marlowe or a story as lusciously indirect as “The Massive Sleep.” There are some respectable stabs at visible poetry by cinematographer Xavi Gimenez however they mix into the movie’s sepia wash of yellow. The language often pops — Cumming’s gangster quotes from “The Parts of Fashion” — however these makes an attempt really feel pressured. And as a lot as Neeson may appear to have the particular set of expertise required to play Marlowe, his detective feels hole and perhaps slightly too drained. Neeson could be a man of rugged pressure on display, in fact, however his skinny growl is much less suited to hard-boiled poetry than you’d assume. No, the very best Marlowe continues to be the primary: Dick Powell in 1944’s “Homicide, My Candy,” tailored from Chandler’s “Farewell, My Beautiful.” It takes a droller detective to make Marlowe sing in traces like: “I caught the blackjack proper behind my ear. A black pool opened up at my ft. I dived in. It had no backside. I felt fairly good — like an amputated leg.”“Marlowe,” a Briarcliff Leisure launch, is rated R by the Movement Image Affiliation for language, violent content material, some sexual materials and temporary drug use. Operating time: 110 minutes. Two stars out of 4.___Follow AP Movie Author Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAP SHARE:JOIN THE CONVERSATION Anybody can learn Conversations, however to contribute, you need to be a registered Torstar account holder. If you don’t but have a Torstar account, you possibly can create one now (it’s free)Signal InRegisterConversations are opinions of our readers and are topic to the Code of Conduct. The Star doesn’t endorse these opinions.