Motherless Brooklyn has been a passion project for Edward Norton for over ten years. The rights for Jonathan Lethem’s novel were purchased by the Fight Club star, went through a gauntlet of script re-writes, and finally makes it into theaters this fall. It’s sad to say that it’s not a good movie. Not terrible by any stretch of the way, with cinematography by Oscar nominee Dick Pope, and a cast of great actors that would elevate almost anything. It’s just that Motherless Brooklyn is constantly lacking a push, an inspirational moment to drive it above mediocre. This is an old-style noir, without the black & white, about an eccentric private investigator, taking out the big guys to help the little guy. The effort is there, but Motherless Brooklyn is the cinematic equivalent of a sad, lost puppy.