Sleuth


1972 battle of wits

Rating: 18/20

Plot: A rich guy and a poor guy engage in an elaborate pissing contest.

I haven't seen the remake of this from 2007 with Jude Law and, well, Michael Caine, but I can't imagine it's nearly as good as the original. This movie is just so well written, biting dark comedy at the fringes and some great irony, and the two leads--the only two performers in the movie, are stellar. It's a slowly-unfolding cat and mouse game that has you on the edge of your seat even if you already know how it's all going to wind up. I never made the connection, but this was written by Anthony Shaffer, the same guy who wrote the screenplay for The Wicker Man.

2 comments:

Josh said...

The remake is ok. Caine switches roles and plays the older character, and I think he could play a bag of hair and I'd be interested in it. The remake takes some turns with its look and story. The story changes slightly based on the setting, a technologically advanced mansion.

But it all does make for great drama and performances.

Shane said...

I'll have to give it a look sometime. Love the original.

And now I'll long for a movie where Caine plays a bag of hair. That sounds incredible!