Reviews of Manhattan Murder Mystery
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This is supposedly the remnants of the murder mystery subplot that was removed from Annie Hall, and I find that all too believable. It felt to me like a lazy assemblage of conversational punning and some frustratingly stagnanat cinematography. It was also repetitive, and Allen is at his most fervant and whiny, second to Shadows and Fog. I’m a fan of his work, and his neuroticism is trademark, but once he gets on the whiny trip I have a hard time with it. Keaton is adorable, and Alda is good, and the climactic scene with the mirrors behind the movie screen is very cool and somewhat symbolic. Not bad, just half-assed.
- Currently 3.0/5 Stars.
Allen and Keaton still have excellent chemistry as Mr. and Mrs. Lipton! Each is worried the other is falling for someone else though. They meet Mr. and Mrs. House, a neighboring older couple down the hall. Shortly after, Mrs. House is dead. Keaton immediately begins suspecting that something is not right with Mr. House’s way of going on with his life. Allen’s delivery of one liners and neurotic manner serve him well, since he wants nothing to do with inventing elaborate explanations for how Mrs. House might really have died. The Lipton’s mutual friend, Ted, played by Alda is Keaton’s confidant. Keaton and Alda, who is a writer and fancies himself a kind of Humphrey Bogart, have vivid imaginations and find it thrilling in this part of their lives to play detectives. Well, it is not all in Keaton’s head. Huston is another writer who is having a book published by Allen and on a double date she too helps figure out how to catch the murderer. Jerry Adler as Mr. House channels Raymond Burr from Rear Window well. It is obvious with one Woody Allen picture after another that he loves and respects other classic filmmakers!
- Currently 4.0/5 Stars.