Genre Guesstimation – Sleuth (1972)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre was chosen by my good friend Emma of emmakwall (explains it all) and she chose British Thrillers as the Genre for January

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of British Thriller movies…

sleuth“It’s sex! Sex is the game! Marriage is the penalty. Round and round we jog towards each futile anniversary. Pass “Go”. Collect 200 rows, 200 silences, 200 scars in the deep places. ” – Andrew Wyke

Number of Times Seen – 1 (22 Jan 2015)

Brief Synopsis – A famous mystery writer conspires with his wife’s lover to commit the perfect crime.

My Take on it – Lawrence Olivier and Michael Caine are near perfect in this battle of wits based on the award winning play.

The script is superb and the dialogue is extremely clever that the verbal sparing between the characters is a pleasure to watch.

My one complaint is that the movie goes on for too long and eventhough the story and characters are engaging to watch it should have been for less time because things are dragged out too much.

Bottom Line – Caine and Olivier are both excellent here and deliver the very clever script expertly. A bit too long tho and could have been tighter. Recommended!

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Very cleverly written but is just too long for its own good.

Rating – Globe Worthy


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