I have said in the past, I’m not a fan of Agatha Christie and whodunits in general, but I did like the look of See How They Run and my other half convinced me to put it on. I have to say, I enjoyed it. It is an old-fashioned murder mystery, with a string of great characters, and did make me laugh in places. The story is:
“In the West End of 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.”
The play in question is The Mousetrap, also written by Christie, that has been running for many years in the West End of London. An American movie director is brought in to turn the play into a film, only to be murdered, with everyone a suspect.
That’s all I’ll say about the story. I won’t spoil it. I did find it interesting and kept me guessing. It has a satisfying, although somewhat, clichéd ending.
The cast in See How They Run is great, Sam Rockwell, Saoirse Ronan, Adrien Brody, Reese Shearsmith, David Oyelowo, Tim Key, Ania Marson, Charlie Cooper, Harris Dickinson, and Ruth Wilson to name a few.
The only Yanks in the movie are Rockwell and Brody, but the British cast is great. Many of them are not huge in movies but are well known back home. It’s nice to see them in something like this.
Charlie Cooper made his name a in mockumentary called This Country, which is set near where I live and he’s excellent in it. He was very good in this too. I didn’t even recognize him until halfway through the movie.
Rockwell plays a Brit in See How They Run and his accent is excellent. I was really surprised. He spends most of his time with Ronan, who uses her natural Irish accent, and they play off each other perfectly.
The direction reminded me of Wes Anderson, with shots that are very nicely staged and allowed to play out.
There are some in-jokes throughout the script. For example, one of the characters is a young Richard Attenborough and at a police station they talk about some murders at Rillington Place. Attenborough played a role in the movie based on those murders – 10 Rillington Place.
As I said, I’m not usually a fan of this type of movie, but this was a fun script, an intriguing tale, and overall just good fun.