Watching the Detectives
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The beginning hooks you like an old Cary Grant/Katherine Hepburn flick, but it doesn't reel you in. We get much more background on Neil than we ever do on Violet and this is very unsatisfying. Their interchanges are more interesting than enlightening and do little to reveal much about what's really going on inside the "bored", albeit whacko, lead chick's brain.
Murphy gives a great performance as a small-time video store owner (Neil) engrossed in classic flicks, but we never see the "inside" of Violet (Liu), a real-life femme fatale who wanders into his store one day. And we don't know if Neil ever sees the inside of Violet.
Many scenes drag, do not move the characters along, or are not really pertinent to the plot. Character arcs are virtually nonexistent. If you see the movie once and try telling the story to someone, you'll find it difficult to do so.
Bottom line - this could have been a really good movie. If Violet had, in fact, been a detective or an FBI agent and Neil had somehow become involved in her mission, we're talking future classic here. We're talking Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn.
This runs about 90 minutes but never varies far from its beginning with the sexy Liu consistently surprising, and often turning inside out, her male counterpart with her twists, turns and tricks. She specializes in surprise attacks, you might say, where the otherwise straight arrow Murphy consistently falls for the gags. It's some fun while it's going on, maybe even more than some, but it doesn't wear well. I could hardly remember a thing about the film two days later than what I've said in these two paragraphs.
Still, the strong leads by the principals lift this above the ordinary. Good production values and occasional flamboyant art direction helps too. This is an offeat story about a couple that goes places most film don't and is unpredicatable all the way. I watched this the same night I saw a big budget, star-studded Hollywood extravaganza where I knew everything that was going to happen 10 minutes after it started. Ninety minutes after "Watching the Detectives" started, I couldn't say that about this one.
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This is a fluffy little film but I loved it. Both Lucy Lui and Cillian Murphy showed what great actors they are by nailing their comedic performances.Published 2 months ago by AvidReader
Used as a replacement, for a friend she played the Movie so much she was worried about is wearing out, so I purchased another
for her just in case. Read more
Light hearted and funny. I only watched this for Cillian Murphy, but it was a sweet surprise. Murphy and Liu are fun to watch in this.Published 6 months ago by Lauren
WE REALLY LOVED THIS ONE WE LAUGHED VERY
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Such a funny, silly little indie of a movie! Cillian Murphy does very well in a quirky comedy, which frankly, I was surprised and delighted by. Read morePublished on October 9, 2013 by Will
This is one of my favorite kept movie secrets! When I first saw that Cillian Murphy and Lucy Liu were in a movie together I had to see it! Read morePublished on June 25, 2013 by Staci
This movie is awesome! Very funny! I would recommend it to anyone who like off beat comedies. Lucy Liu and Cillian Murphy are great together!Published on June 7, 2013 by Robert F Burns III