See How They Run (2022)

See How They Run (2022)

A cozy mystery with all the expected beats but still enjoyable

6.2

Movie

United Kingdom, United States of America
English, Italian
Comedy, Mystery, Thriller
2022
TOM GEORGE
Adrien Brody, Angus Wright, Ania Marson
98 min

TL;DR

You know what's going, I know what's going on, and we're all still enjoying it.

What it's about

A world-weary detective and an eager rookie constable investigate a murder at the West End premiere of a smash-hit play.

The take

Whodunnits are the cornerstone of murder mysteries, and their occasional resurgence is usually a reprieve from films with more complicated structures and twists. See How They Run gives the Agatha Christie mystery spoof a go, dissecting the cozy mystery conventions anew. With quirky British humor, solid acting, and good period-piece visuals, the familiarity and predictability culminate into an easy, well-paced watch. With no desire to reinvent the genre, the film seems to implore its audience to indulge in self-indulgence. Enjoy watching a piece of cinema for the sake of it.

What stands out

Nothing beats dialogue teeming with pompous (or bumbling) characters delivering sharp lines of dry British humor. Sam Rockwell and Saoirse Ronan's effortless crosstalk gives the film its best comedic beats. Supporting characters contribute to the overall eccentricity, setting a fun pace to accompany the cozy vibes. In a film where everything is expected, having along the way didn't hurt.

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