A Kind of Murder
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Patrick Wilson and Jessica Biel star in this Hitchcockian noir based on a novel by Patricia Highsmith (The Talented Mr. Ripley, Carol). It's 1960 in Manhattan and Walter Stackhouse (Wilson) seems to have it all: status, money and a "happy" marriage. But he has become obsessed with Marty Kimmel (Eddie Marsan), a man suspected of killing his wife. This brutal murder unlocks Walter's darkest fantasies his desire to be free from his own wife, the beautiful but damaged Clara (Biel). When she is found dead in suspicious circumstances the lines blur between innocence and intent. Who, in fact, is the real killer?
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Patrick Wilson looked magnificent!! The house, the cars, all looked beautiful. Kartheiser was a bit out of place. I never forgot for a moment that he was an actor playing a role. He's too young and sophisticated (and short) to play a hard-boiled quick fisted dick
I didn't care if any of them lived or died. Except for Haley Bennett, who had great chemistry with Patrick Wilson. and stole the show as a Village torch singer.
The ending was soooo lazy.
Unless you are an avid affictionado of a ate 50's house and decor, the movie was a waste of time.
So, did hip young architect [Patrick Wilson] murder his already neurotic, probably crazy, wife? How about the mousey bookseller [Eddie Marsen]? In this excruciatingly bad fake noir, not to worry: you won't care.
Not worth it, even if it were free on Prime. I'm often asking myself "How'd this really, really bad movie happen?" Dependable B-movie lead Patrick Wilson and legendary Eddie Marsan, [DR. STRANGE AND MR. NORRELL, V IS FOR VENDETTA, SNOW WHITE, THE ILLUSIONIST, Scorsese's GANGS OF NEW YORK, SHERLOCK HOLMES GAME OF SHADOWS], maybe one of our greatest living character actors notwithstanding, direction and writing were completely unbelievable and therefore, unbelivably bad. Failed to evoke either the '60s or noir.
I see most everything Magnolia Studios does, but this is a giant fiasco every which way, not up to Magnolia's usually terrific indie standards...
Good camera work, very weird amateurish writing that had nothing to evoke the early to mid-60s period, and each actor seemed to be flailing around and unfocused, in a completely different film than the rest of the cast. Don't know if it's the director's first film, but one does hope they take a long break and see a lot of great films before they try making another.