“See How They Run” (MA) *** and a half
IN this comical who-dunnit spoof of Agatha Christie’s long-running play “The Mousetrap”, throughout a backstage occasion within the London West Finish theatre celebrating its a centesimal efficiency in 1953, a faceless antagonist murders visiting American movie director Leo Köpernick (Adrien Brody).
Mark Chappell’s screenplay imagines that Scotland Yard, its arms full of significant crime within the seek for the ten Rillington Place serial killer, sends its B group to analyze.
Liquor-loving Insp Stoppard (Sam Rockwell) and enthusiastic cop-in-training Constable Stalker (Saoirse Ronan) interview a protracted record of suspects.
Might the assassin be playwright Mervyn Cocker-Norris (David Oyelowo), movie producer John Woolf (Reece Shearsmith), grand dame Petula Spencer (Ruth Wilson) and even actor Richard Attenborough (Harris Dickinson)? There are many different suspects and as time runs out, the killer strikes once more.
“Perhaps it’s all of them?” hopefully suggests Stalker. “See How They Run” leans closely on comedy primarily expressed as wordplay linking “The Mousetrap” to the play from which it takes its title (“Hamlet” – bear in mind these strolling gamers come to entertain the Danish court docket with a efficiency of “The Homicide of Gonzago?) and the fundamental plot resulting in a distant English nation home the place the killer is lastly recognized.
Director Tom George and author Mark Chappell ship laughs and intrigue in equal measure. Rockwell and Ronan show admirable timing because the investigators.
Constable Stalker’s over-eagerness to establish the killer would possibly mirror the filmgoer’s eagerness for decision. “See How They Run’s” mild contact and genial nature compensate filmgoers with a style for the absurd towards a background of a dirty, post-war London (so far greater than 10 million individuals have paid to observe “The Mousetrap”, which remains to be working).
Within the movie, that pint-sized appearing powerhouse Shirley Henderson performs Agatha Christie.
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Ian Meikle, editor