Today we’re talking about the 2022 film See How They Run.
The story tries really hard to be clever and referential while still respecting the genre. It’s not a spoof or an homage, but some sort of clever combination. The great thing is that it works on all levels. Everything is laid out in the intro narration and I was still pleasantly surprised.
The main detective characters are clichés brought to life. They’d be almost boring if it wasn’t for the quality and charm of the actors. Unfortunately, that doesn’t apply to the whole cast, which is populated by a checklist of quirky film noir characters.
The dialogue is a combination of period and modern and was a little jarring at times. It was however very clever and well thought out.
Visuals and Music
The director and cinematographer must have been big fans of Hitchcock and Anderson. It mostly worked as a mashup, but lacked originality and felt a little forced.
The music was strong but unmemorable.
This movie was a mystery lover’s good time. All the adults loved it, but the kids found it slow and talky. I will re-watch this one.
An excellent homage/comedy to the mystery genre, Christie in particular, and a fun movie. Its odd directorial choices are held together by the impressive acting from the leads.
Final Score: 3.5 Stars out of 5