Reviews of Manhattan Murder Mystery
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This movie had me in stitches! It’s both hilarious and suspenseful. “Manhattan Murder Mystery” is an homage to the old mystery films of the 40s and 50s; Alfred Hitchcock would most certainly be proud. This isn’t one of Allen’s classic comedies, but it’s certainly close. It’s often forgotten in a conversation about great Woody Allen films, but I usually remind people of its existence. I’m a huge fan of the chemistry between Allen and Keaton and she is by far my favourite of Allen’s leading ladies. They’re bickering in this movie is absolutely great, but sometimes the relationship drama is unnecessary. The only problem I had with the film is how Allen tried to balance the romantic side of the film with the mystery side of the film. It kind of gets muddled up and sloppy at points, but the comedy and dialogue is what makes the movie great. It has a wonderful cast that includes the great Anjelica Huston, Alan Alda, Jerry Adler, “The View” co-host Joy Behar and a young Zach Braff in what is his first acting role. Highly recommended, especially for Woody Allen fans. The one scene that had me laughing myself into a stupor was when they are playing their doctored message to the murderer over the phone and Allen screws up his tape recorder and ends up fumbling around with the film which gets tangled in his fingers. I was on the floor. Funny, funny stuff. (B)
- Currently 4.0/5 Stars.
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.