Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap has famously run uninterrupted – save for a compelled hiatus as a result of COVID-19 pandemic – in London’s West Finish since its debut in 1952.
Infamously, the play is likely one of the few Christie creations that has not seen a movie adaptation, because of the contract phrases dictating that no such adaptation could also be made till the play has been closed for at the least six months.
Nevertheless, with See How They Run, the play serves as the point of interest round which this cute little caper revolves and unfolds, because it tells the story of how the aggressively unlikable director Leo Köpernick is discovered murdered.
And because it usually goes with whodunnits, everyone is a suspect.
Sam Rockwell portrays the drunken Inspector Stoppard tasked with fixing the homicide, however it’s usually Saoirse Ronan’s Constable Stalker who picks up on extra clues and additional forwards the investigation, even when she seemingly tends to leap to conclusions.
What ensues is a fairly entertaining movie that has a sure sardonic edge that purposefully retains it verging on the sting of lovingly parodying the style typically – and Christie’s narrative logos particularly – with out really changing into an outright parody.
Rockwell and Ronan makes the proceedings simple to look at as they’re in spite of everything a few of the finest actors working in the present day, and the identical could be mentioned for the remainder of the forged, as everybody seems to have had a whale of a time making the movie.
Nevertheless, as an entire, See How They Run is a little bit too on the sunshine aspect narratively, with the twists being a little bit too simple to foretell effectively prematurely, and the story as an entire being a little bit too simplistic and formulaic for the style.
The truth is, See How They Run has extra in frequent with the up to date ITV diversifications of Christie’s works, which isn’t essentially a foul factor as such, nevertheless it does, nonetheless, imply that the movie just isn’t capable of compete with the likes of Knives Out by way of narrative complexity, neither is the visible fashion as sincerely elevated because the excessive idea of options resembling Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Resort, which the movie is clearly looking for to emulate.
Extras embody featurette and trailer.
For many who take pleasure in their mild leisure with a little bit of homicide, See How They Run is a superbly serviceable movie with which one can simply spend 98 minutes this winter, snuggled up on the sofa with a blanket and a heat beverage of their selection.
However for individuals who are in search of a whodunnit with honest panache, Rian Johnson’s Glass Onion: A Knives Out Thriller will undoubtedly be the characteristic that isn’t solely bestowed the respect of meriting a theatrical viewing, but additionally the one that’s extra memorable by way of each the whodunnit style specifically and cinema typically.
3 out of 5 stars