Sunday, September 25, 2022

See How They Run

Tonight was my first visit to the local movie theater since it came under new ownership. I decided to see See How They Run, a mystery-comedy starring Sam Rockwell, Saoirse Ronan and Adrien Brody. It's set in London in 1953 and begins with a murder backstage at the 100th performance party for Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap. Far be it from me to spoil a whodunit, but it's a raucous mystery, layered with irony and sprinkled with Agatha Christie in-jokes. I came out of it thinking that people who liked Knives Out will love this.

Since saying much more is bound to ruin a delicious surprise, here are the Three Scenes That Made It For Me: (1) The inspector's (Rockwell) dream when he gets knocked out. (2) The flashback (which occurs right after a screenwriter within the movie calls flashbacks a creatively bankrupt gimmick), in which the victim is seen storyboarding a "preposterous" scene that ironically ... erm ... (3) The deadly tray of tea, straight out of Agatha's final Poirot mystery.

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