Friday, December 22, 2006
The Good German works right up till the point that it doesn’t. That point is when Tully, played with vicious aplomb by Tobey Maguire, exits the story. Tully is a welcome character in the story, if only because his presence adds a cynical grounding to the proceedings. Yes, there’s a lot of Old Hollywood on display here, but Tully is a splash of cold water. When he leaves, so does The Good German‘s sense of invention; the rest is rote.