Manhattan Murder Mystery Reviews
A middle-aged couple suspects foul play when their neighbor's wife suddenly drops dead.
Nice re-pairing of one of cinema's best comedy duos, has great location shooting, an amazing visual ending and some of Allen's best one liners. Alan Alda and Angelica Huston provide feisty support, especially Alda, who's quite playful here. While this is basically a long running gag about being nosy and suspicious, there is an undercurrent of seriousness below the goofy parts about growing older and livening up the duller routines of life. While it's not recommended to spy on your neighbors to see if they're killers or not, having an adventure with the person you've been married to a long time is something to consider; be it just around the corner or somewhere unfamiliar. That aside, this is a lively counterpart to Allen's previous Husbands and Wives, which was filled with bitterness inside its rich comic moments, as well as a pleasant diversion. It's really refreshing seeing Allen and Keaton together as a lovable couple, with no one cheating on each other, although a few slight scenes do discuss some hidden jealousies and insecurities. Keaton has some of her best bits being a snoop here and this may qualify as one of her better comic roles. Plus she always has the best clothes. Only she could carry off that wardrobe of hers. Look briefly for that Zach actor from Scrubs in a very small scene as the couple's son. You might blink and miss him.
MMM also involves two supporting characters played by Alan Alda and Anjelica Houston. Houston is how Allen puts it "dangerously promiscuous" and a great scene while they flirt and talk about playing bridge but not that kind of bridge game a card player would be thinking about. Alan Alda plays a buddy type but wouldn't mind tapping Keaton's ass while out on stakeout.
MMM is sort of immaturish and unbelivable. The scene where Keaton's character breaks into the old man's house then hides under the bed felt a little flawed. A scene where Allen lights a match at the bottom of a tenement building reminded me of Teddy Daniels lighting a match in "Shutter Island", or another scene where Allen and Keaton follow Mr Houseman to a Blue Collar plant was a little unbelivable watching two middle aged people acting like they still got some juice from the "Annie Hall" days. It's a cool scene due to the digetic music and the red visuals but again two middle aged adults running frantically trying to stop Mr Houseman from burning his wife at the plant? No.
Is MMM a bad movie? I don't think it is but one might be put off by the nervous hand held camera moves. Allen has a great love for Manhattan, mystery, sexual inuenndos, the golden age of cinema, and music. As for murder? well let's just call it a bold experiment.