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Amsterdam: Hollywood’s Latest Murder Mystery

Amsterdam: Hollywoods Latest Murder Mystery

The film “Amsterdam” is now showing in theaters. It is a story about a group of friends who attempt to solve a murder mystery in the 1930s. The film is filled with a star-studded cast including actors like Margot Robbie, Christian Bale, John David Washington, Chris Rock, Anya Taylor-Joy, Taylor Swift, and Robert De Niro. 

The film follows Burt, played by Christian Bale, and Harold, played by John David Washington, as they investigate the mysterious murder of their friend and mentor from the military. Burt and Harold are later accused of murder and require help from their friend Valeria, played by Margot Robbie, to clear their name.  

The film is centered around a murder mystery but also dives into deeper themes of racism, love, and politics. Each character in the film plays a key role in demonstrating these themes. Harold and Valerie explore struggles of interracial love in Amsterdam as well as in the United States. Harold and his fellow black soldiers experience the racism of the American military in the 1930s when they are forced to wear non-American uniforms in the war.  

While some Loyola students are eager to see the film, others are wary because of the reviews that they have heard. Christina Franciosa ’25 is a Taylor Swift fan who was excited to see the singer in the film until she heard of its mixed reviews. 

“I’ve heard a lot about it but haven’t seen it,” Franciosa said. “I wanted to because Taylor Swift is in it but I’ve only heard poor reviews of the movie.” The film received a 33% on Rotten Tomatoes. Derek Sante wrote a review on the site, stating his disinterest in the film. 

He said, “Many interesting characters get waylaid en route to the point.” Meghan Burke ’24 is a fan of Margot Robbie and was also excited to see the film until she heard of its negative reviews.  

Burke said, “I absolutely adore Margot Robbie so that is the main reason that I will definitely be seeing it. But otherwise, I didn’t hear much about the film prior to its release.” There have been many controversies surrounding the film because of its intricate plot that is loosely based on true events. 

Burke said, “I have heard since its release that there is confusion on whether or not the movie is based on a true story. People are saying it barely is, which is disappointing for me because those are the movies I love to see. But I definitely will be seeing it…maybe on a half-price day.” 

Despite the mixed reviews surrounding the film, many are still flocking to the theaters to see it. Eliza Synder ’23 has yet to see the film but plans to in the future. 

“I haven’t seen it yet but with the impressive cast of characters I probably will watch it once it comes out on streaming platforms,” Synder said, “The trailer looks intriguing, and I’m interested to see where the storyline goes.” 

“Amsterdam” is now playing in theaters. If you’d like to see it here in Baltimore, go to The Senator’s website to get your tickets!  

Featured Image Courtesy of Genevieve Green 

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