“Beckett” Deliberately Has No Subtitles

Originally published on Dark Horizons by Garth Franklin

Ferdinando Cito Filomarino’s new Netflix film “Beckett” stars “Tenet” and “BlacKkKlansman” star John David Washington as an American tourist on the run in Greece after a tragic accident plunges him into a political conspiracy.

Greece’s political landscape plays a large part in the film and so there are plenty of local characters speaking Greek and English throughout the film alongside Washington whose character speaks only English.

However, the scenes with Greek language deliberately don’t include English subtitles. This is NOT a mistake or a fault on Netflix’s part, rather Filomarino says it’s a creative choice on his part in order for many viewers to relate to the Beckett character:

“Absolutely [it was a creative decision not to have subtitles]. The premise was to have a relatability with this character, somebody that you could almost feel like, what would I do when that situation, as opposed to the kind of superhuman, slightly elevated tone of other movies in this genre, I liked the idea of, of experiencing it together with him and that entailed both sort of discovering elements of the plot of what is happening to him alongside him and also not being able to decipher what’s what people are saying in Greek simply because he doesn’t speak Greek. And that definitely informed the subjective experience.”

The film also stars Alicia Vikander, Boyd Holbrook and Vicky Krieps and was released on Netflix last Friday to mediocre reviews.