November 29, 2004

Murder By Death

mbdA thoroughly ridiculous and silly meta-murder mystery by Neil Simon. The five greatest fictional detectives are spoofed by an all-star cast. A very satisfying movie for people who find Agatha Christie and Dashiell Hammett mysteries frustrating. I quote Lionel Twain:
"You've tricked and fooled your readers for years. You've tortured us all with surprise endings that made no sense. You've introduced characters in the last five pages that were never in the book before. You've withheld clues and information that made it impossible for us to guess who did it. But now, the tables are turned. Millions of angry mystery readers are now getting their revenge. When the world learns I've outsmarted you, they'll be selling your $1.95 books for twelve cents."
(Brattle Theater, Cambridge)