The much-maligned film adaptation of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer prize winning Goldfinch is an ambitious movie that does a good job of compressing the highlights of the long book without sacrificing continuity and clarity. The rich group of characters played by a beautiful cast make for an entertaining 2 and ½ hours. The film doesn’t drag. Yes, there are some contrivances and clichés come fast and furious. Still having a well-made film with a beginning, middle and end can cover up a multitude of sins. Nicole Kidman, Jeffrey Wright and Ansel Elgort, Luke Wilson, Sarah Paulson have their moments. This is the best kind of old fashioned Hollywood film making.