A reviled film director is murdered during a production of an
Agatha Christie play, and one of the cast and crew is the killer.
See How They Run (2022)
Directed by Tom George
Written by Mark Chappell
Starring Sam Rockwell, Saoirse Ronan, Adrien Brody,
Ruth Wilson, David Oyelowo, Reece Shearsmith,
Harris Dickinson, Charlie Cooper, Pippa Bennett-Warner,
Pearl Chanda, Sian Clifford, Jacob Fortune-Lloyd
I wanted this to be good. I love whodunits, and I'm a big fan of Sam Rockwell and Saoirse Ronan. But See How They Run is a Knives Out wannabe with a lite Wes Anderson vibe. The plot is incredibly boring, so much so that by the film's end, I didn't really care who the killer was. I just wanted it to end. None of the characters are all that interesting, which completely ruins the mystery angle. If none of the characters are memorable, why am I going to care about the story?
Leo Kopernick (Brody) is a film director and a professional asshole who pisses off everyone he encounters. Shockingly, he's found dead during a production of Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap on the West End. Inspector Stoppard (Rockwell, who was painfully miscast as a British police officer) is called in to investigate, alongside rookie Constable Stalker (Ronan). They investigate, they interrogate, they consider the evidence, and they lay it all out. The film is just so damn slow that I honestly can't recall any of the big moments, apart from a brief bit where the film tricks you into thinking Stoppard is the killer. But he's not. I think it was one of the stagehands.
Look elsewhere for better whodunits. The film has bits of Agatha Christie, bits of Rian Johnson, bits of Kenneth Branagh. None of it feels original or worthwhile. The performances aren't bad, and there are several moments that made me chuckle. But nothing stuck, and that's disappointing.