At the beginning of "The Outfit" the story is delivered to us by Leonard Burling(Mark Rylance) who is narrating. From the backrooms of a cloistered tailor shop, the shadows and the brewed soupiness of garment tones let's us know that some entanglement with the mob is imminent. This happens quickly, as Mr. Burling, who is accomodating, gets to socialize with the circumspect friends of his young secretary, Mable Sean(Zoey Deutsch).
The setting is condensed, but it doesn't take away from any excitement-the possibility for adventure. It is in Chicago, in 1956, and the L. Burling Tailor facility is in a neighborhood which is under gang control, and further out, 'The Outfit' of Al Capone. It's the kind of movie where the clothing, the angled hats and the gold and silver wall embellishments represent a land of lore. The character types are from classic books and are models from vintage gangster films. These relics are produced with style so that the actors are as real and natural as any laborer on the block. The confrontation between Francis(Johnny Flinn) and Ritchie(Dylan O'Brien) is a great scene. I'd give this film four and a half stars. There are lies told to save lives, but when this happens things are brought out, and "The Outfit" presents this vision; a house of mystery, the walls are cards, everything is darkish, and one can't wait to see what happens next.
Like an answer to a clue, the movie resolves itself, in responses to questions, and more information is supplied. The ingenious fictions become exposed. The past is leaked out, and towards the conclusion, some of the brazen twists become colorful like visible contrivances, so that the interactions lose their home-scratch sprouted energy, in mild ways. In the end, all the dramas are finished to good satisfaction.