Sunday, January 23, 2011

Murder by Death (1976)

Format: Netflix WI
Venue: Rivendell

The Good: Out and out amazing film! The concept is genius, the cast is legendary, and the execution is as smooth as a perfect whiskey. The idea of gathering literature's most famous detectives (save Sherlock Holmes) and pitting them against each other in a crime-solving contest is fantastic and allows for some tremendously sharp spoof. It is easy to recognize the film's roots as a play both because of how farcical it is and the theatricality of shot composition. Hilarious, witty, and criminally underrated.

The Bad: Slight lull just before the final frames is barely perceptible.

The Weird: Peter Sellers playing a Chinese detective with all the subtlety and political correctness of Tony Randall in The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao.

Rating: 9/10 Atkins

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