A Kind of Murder

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Adapted from the 1954 novel The Blunderer by Patricia Highsmith, A Kind of Murder comes to DVD from Sony Pictures on 2nd October 2017.

Set in 1960s New York, Walter Stackhouse (Patrick Wilson) is married to the beautiful Clara, (Jessica Biel),  with him being a successful architect, it would seem that their lives are somewhat perfect.  Walter has a fascination with the macabre though, he follows crimes in the news and writes stories that are inspired by such crimes, collecting clippings and reports along the way.  He also isn’t satisfied with his home life, despite having a loving wife, he begins to find interest with Ellie (Haley Bennett), a nightclub singer.

Whilst he is reading a local newspaper he becomes obsessed with the story of Marty Kimmel (Eddie Marsan), a man accused of killing his wife, this is a dangerous obsession, one that could land him in a very difficult position.

 

 

There is a real atmosphere to the movie, a feeling of being immersed in 1960s New York, where rogues and gangsters are rife.  However the movie is rather slow to pick up pace and in the end, the ambience to the film is really its most redeeming feature.  The cast seem almost lack lustre and the film doesn’t feel as if there is any real depth to the characters and their relationships with each other.

All in all, A Kind of Murder feels as if it is missing something to really engage the audience, whilst its potential to be a fantastic movie is evident in parts, particularly from the setting, it leaves you feeling a little let down by its promise to be more.  This is definitely the kind of film that you you watch once and tend to not think about again. A KIND OF MURDER CDR6779_3D

 

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Founder of Eclectic Enchantments blog, Erika has also been a beauty writer, fashion writer and Beauty & Accessories Editor for a large online magazine before starting Erisea. Erika lives with her dog, Hendrix and beautiful baby girl. She suffers with Fibromyalgia and CFS, among other illnesses which leaves her housebound much of the time. Her passion is writing.

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