A trifecta of watchable performances can't save "The Banker." While it absolutely plays better for new subscribers of Apple TV+ than the masses in a theater, it's still a stretch to say this is even in the realm of an entertaining viewing. Predicated on banking jargon, the humanity of the story is lost in a barrage of equations and white collar meddling. Attractively glossy filmmaking, but it wipes away the texture.
The three leads are all strong. Runs too long. Quite a bit of math, which may not be riveting to general audiences, but I found it fascinating. Sad to read about the discrepancies between the film and characters' real lives, but still glad to see movie made about Government-sanctioned racist red-lining. Reminded of the great LA architect Paul Williams: he often had to send a white man to his building sites.