New Twists Given to Sleuth Remake
- Thursday, March 13, 2008
Branagh was clearly trying to distinguish this film from its predecessor with this minimalist take. A better way of doing that would have been to move away from the confines of the stage play and add some humanity. A scene with Wyke’s wife, for example (who is never shown, except in a brief photo), or a scene outside the house, showing Tindle or Wyke interacting with other characters, would have gone a long way toward creating depth and accessibility. A flashback or two would have done the same thing. Instead, we’re treated to a dispassionate discourse, and in the end, we don’t care what happens.
Sometimes, clearly, it’s best to leave well enough alone.
- Commentaries with director Kenneth Branagh, Michael Caine and Jude Law
- “A Game of Cat and Mouse: Behind the Scenes of Sleuth
- Inspector Black: Make-up Secrets Revealed
- Drugs/Alcohol: Characters drink alcohol throughout film.
- Language/Profanity: Obscenities and profanities, some strong, throughout film.
- Sexual Content/Nudity: Sexual references and innuendo throughout film, including crude and/or suggestive slang and an extended scene involving a homosexual theme.
- Violence: Characters fight threaten one another with gun and knife, several instances of mortal danger; two scenes in which a character is shot and killed.
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