The BOSTON STRANGLER does a serviceable job of emulating a David Fincher thriller. Yet, the challenge with consolidating such a well-known story within two hours is that it “strangles” any empathy audiences have for the characters. Instead, I would have preferred the cast to have an opportunity to “catch their breath” on a limited TV series that emulates MINDHUNTERS or even BLACK BIRD.

I understand why Matt Ruskin (writer/director) wanted to tell this story about the BOSTON STRANGLER. By focusing on two women reporters, Loretta McLaughlin (Keira Knightley) and Jean Cole (Carrie Coon), audiences get to see a unique story. We’ve seen countless investigative movies with men that lose their families by passionately focusing on their careers. But it’s rare for a true story of the 60s with two strong women that act on their instincts in a murder case. Yet, this makes sense. The BOSTON STRANGLER’s theme is about police and society putting women as second-class citizens. And on that front, it succeeds. 

Of note in BOSTON STRANGLER are the captivating performances by Knightley and Coon. I’ve been a HUGE fan of Coon since THE LEFTOVERS, and she continues to impress. As for Knightley, it’s encouraging to see her stretch to play such a hard-edged lead versus the romantic types she usually gets typecast as. I’m excited about what she does next.

Back to BOSTON STRANGLER. If you need a serial killer thriller that checks all the boxes, this one does that. But don’t expect it to stick its “neck” out to be something different.

It’s available on Hulu.

Aaron "Dobler" Goldstein

Aaron Goldstein is a Product Manager by day, ludicrous speed content consumer by night. Heโ€™s a LA Film School Alumni and TV Academy / Producers Guild of America member. Aaron is a proud parent and dad joke enthusiast.

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