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4.0 out of 5 stars The first 40 minutes are great!, 17 Dec 2007
This review is from: Sleuth [DVD] (DVD)
I recently went to see Sleuth at the cinema, didn't really know what to expect. I haven't seen the original either but heres my take. Hope this helps if you're considering buying the DVD:

I think the first 40 minutes are brilliant, Michael Caine and Jude Law are suberb. They share a great chemistry and really enjoy the roles. Other highlights are the tension building score, Harold Pinter's bruising, although humourous script (some great black laughs), Kenneth Branagh's assured direction, great angle shots and the heavy interior visuals of Caine's house.

The first half of this film is probably the most fun I've had in a cinema this year and is the very reason for me giving it four stars. A stumble in the last half hour or so can (just) be forgiven.

In the final third, Pinter just fails to dig out anything worth doing, mainly because theres only so far you can stretch an idea with one setting and only two main actors.

About the performances, Caine is flawless throughout and like I said, Law is also brilliant for an hour or so but slowly goes downhill until the end. The third act just doesn't give him enough to chew on and show what he can do.

Overall, I think Sleuth is a very good mystery movie with plenty of twists along the way to keep you guessing. The performances and screenplay are excellent and is definitely worth checking out on DVD if you missed it at the cinema.
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Initial post: 24 Feb 2008 23:58:51 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 27 Feb 2008 13:16:56 GMT
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G. McFarlane says:
I've pre-ordered the original so I'll check it out. For what it's worth I enjoyed the 2007 version, most of it anyway. I'm looking forward to seeing what the original is like. Thank-you for your comment and recommendation.

Posted on 28 Feb 2009 17:26:34 GMT
Some people that post comments seem to think you have no right to post an opinion if it differs from theirs.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jan 2011 10:43:37 GMT
What are you on about Donaldson?
The statement is true but not related to anything I can see. Please keep your randomness to yourself.
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