The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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A handsome period piece that plays more like a scant-clues mystery than like the psychological thriller it intends to be.
The story remains an academic argument, struggling to pierce the handsome surface.
While thrills are mitigated by convoluted plotting and suspect character behavior, the film's uniquely bleak twist on classic noir conventions is enlivening.
It feels more like an exercise in defining the mechanics of suspense than in actually utilizing them.
[Director Andy Goddard] just doesn't develop a level of intrigue or tension that you'd expect from a narrative that is built on double identities, perceptions, classism, and homicide.
English director Andy Goddard, who comes from directing episodes of hit period drama Downton Abbey, struggles to find a path through a story muddled by poor editing and even murkier characters.
Often, Patricia Highsmith's novels are adapted into high-class affairs, but this thriller feels refreshingly small-time and pulpy, getting closer to the story's raw emotions and impulses.
"A Kind of Murder" has a handful of production achievements worth noting, but the rest is frustratingly forgettable.
A Kind of Murder keeps viewers guessing and comes highly recommended to crime film fans; in particular, to those with an itch for something old-fashioned.
There's too much that's intriguing in this film to ignore it, and although the third act shows signs of strain, the first two acts more than justify the film's existence.
The climax is not nearly as clever as at its set-up, but A Kind of Murder is a smart thriller, one that digs deep into the viewer's mind with difficult questions about guilt and morality.
Good source material does not guarantee a good movie, and A Kind of Murder, a new Highsmith adaptation directed by Andy Goddard from a screenplay by Susan Boyd, is not a good movie.
Lovers of film noir capable of overlooking a frustratingly banal story may want to devote 90 minutes to crime tale. The film's visuals are gorgeous, but the story colorless.
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