A Kind of Murder

2016

Crime / Drama / Thriller

48
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 38%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 17%
IMDb Rating 5.2 10 3768

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Jessica Biel as Clara Stackhouse
Patrick Wilson as Walter Stackhouse
Vincent Kartheiser as Detective Lawrence Corby
Haley Bennett as Ellie
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23.976 fps
1hr 35 min
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1hr 35 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by dcdcdc-05815 1 / 10

Ending makes it a waste of time watching!!

No Spoilers It was interesting and got you involved,BUT, the last 10 minutes which is the ending was just so pathetic,so stupid and did not even make sense. I wasted all that time getting intrigued with it to have a silly ending. The acting was very good and the atmosphere was also good. The automobiles were classics.

Reviewed by Tony Heck ([email protected]) 4 / 10

A movie that tried everything it could to be tense and almost DePalma like, but failed.

"I'd say he did it. I've worked it out." After an unsolved murder rocks a small town, Walter Stackhouse (Wilson) becomes fascinated by it and starts to do his own investigation. He is also struggling in his marriage to Clara (Biel) and she is becoming suspicious of what he is doing in his free time. After Clara is found dead Walter becomes a suspect himself and his whole life begins to unravel. This is a movie that tried everything it could to be tense and noir-like, but it never quite got there. It was a little generic and for me it was just really a struggle to get into. The acting is OK but there was just something about this movie that didn't seem to click with me. There was enough twists to make it somewhat interesting, but really just hard to connect with. Overall, a movie that tried everything it could to be tense and almost DePalma like, but failed. I give this a C+.

Reviewed by Asif Khan (asifahsankhan) 6 / 10

A confusing plot

Andy Goddard's A Kind of Murder aspires to be a feminist detective thriller (adapted by screenwriter Susan Boyd from Patricia Highsmith's 1954 novel The Blunderer). But the film, set in 1960s New York, seems far more interested in its art design then in fully developing the story's underlying sexual ethics. Even the casting suggests that its producers hope to benefit from the nostalgia generated for that time and place by Mad Men: One of that show's principal actors, Vincent Kartheiser, plays the film's sleuth, Detective Lawrence Corby, who tries to unravel the mystery surrounding two women found dead at the same suburban bus station several weeks apart.

The film opens with the first murder, that of the wife of an unprepossessing bookstore owner, Mr. Kimmel (Eddie Marsan), whom Corby suspects of committing the crime. The murder also captures the attention of Walter Stackhouse (Patrick Wilson), a successful architect and amateur writer of detective mysteries. Stackhouse does some investigation of Kimmel on his own, and in the process implicates himself in the second murder. Stackhouse works in the city and lives in the suburbs with his paranoid and depressive wife, Clara (Jessica Biel). Sexually frustrated as a result of her various neuroses, Stackhouse meets a seductive young jazz singer, Ellie (Haley Bennett), thus setting into motion the film's nourish romantic subplot.

As I've mentioned beforehand, the film doesn't fully develop the story and it's underlying sexual ethics, rather it seems more interested in its art design.

The central murder mystery is handled without much aplomb or ingenuity. Corby is a clumsy dick, and his investigation plays out like a humourless parody of a detective film. Albeit exquisitely packaged, A Kind of Murder is mostly a paint-by-numbers genre piece that only flares into life when exploring issues of sin, guilt, and punishment in relation to masculine sexual urges. As in many film Noirs, murder here is explicitly linked to thwarted lust. The film takes the standard Christian condemnation of adultery that leads fornicators to the jailhouse or the grave in most Noirs and endows it with a feminist twist. The biblical exhortation against lusting after another woman becomes here a critique of male sexual license in America on the eve of the sexual revolution.

This appropriation of Christian morality for feminist ends is illustrated by Stackhouse's relationship with Ellie. She's the Eve to his Adam, tempting him away from his well-lighted, idyllic suburban home to a dimly lit underground jazz club in Greenwich Village. But the film emphasises her neutrality in this process, pointing out that it's Stackhouse's prerogative that sets the affair in motion. While Ellie is a willing participant in the drama, she's far from the sexually assertive she-devil that Clara makes her out to be. This emphasis on Stackhouse's culpability and refusal to judge Ellie captures America's evolving morality during that period, when Eisenhower-era family values were giving way to a greater emphasis on sexual liberation and gender equality.

The film's muted cinematography coincides with the ethical murkiness of Stackhouse's behaviour as he journeys from the paradise of sacred matrimony to the hell of infidelity. His symbolic castration by Clara causes him to stray in his heart before he does so with his body, and the film's denouement reveals this to be a tale of feminist revenge from beyond the grave masquerading as a Christian parable about the dangers of carnal desire outside of marriage. As Stackhouse sits in his firm's office beneath an abstract expressionist painting, perplexedly trying to rationalise his immoral behaviour to his business partner, the art's wild, swirling colours hint at the moral revolution soon to be unleashed upon the nation and the confusion it would sow in its wake.

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