In 1950s London, plans for a movie version of a smash-hit play come to an abrupt halt after a pivotal member of the crew is murdered. When a world-weary inspector and an eager rookie constable take on the case, they find themselves thrown into a puzzling whodunit within the glamorously sordid world of underground theater, investigating the mysterious homicide at their own peril.
See How They Run, is one of the funniest quirky movies of the year that will put you in the mind that it must’ve came from Wes Anderson. As the deadpan comedic dialogue is very much like Moonrise Kingdom, Saorise Ronan gives the performance of her career, as the terrifically hysterical Constable Stalker, the overly eager partner to Sam Rockwell’s Inspector Stoppard. The quirky characters fit perfectly here, with the screenplay knowing exactly what it wants to do. The direction by Tom George is swift and with slapstick influence works perfectly.
Adrien Brody is the character who has the money and idea for distributing a new kind of Whodunnit, the character Leo could be reminiscing of a lot of producers portrayed in the HBO Series Entourage, as he is overly confident. David Oyelowo also gives a strong near perfect performance as Meryvin, Ruth Wilson is fantastic as always in the few scenes she has I feel her character was the only underutilized part of the film.
While some may roll their eyes at the slapstick delivery of some of the parody and satire of Whodunnit’s in See How They Run, I think most of the audience will want and need a great long laugh a minute style comedy that you don’t see that often in Cinemas anymore after big IP’s and superhero films are taking over most screens in the theaters. This is a refreshing film and a breath of fresh air at the movies. This is the best Whodunnit since Knives Out even though it’s not as serious as Knives Out was. It’s still a blast.
Overall Grade: 4.5/5 Stars
Written by: AJ Friar