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Captures the spirit of film noir perfectly - and hilariously
on 28 October 2001
Steve Martin isn't one of my favourite actors, but this movie is, I think, his best. Otherwise it wouldn't be getting 5 stars from me :-)
Martin plays the private detective Rigby Reardon, who takes on a mysterious case from a beautiful client...
The film is redolent of classic detective noir, and includes a lot of "borrowed" material, cleverly inter-cut to (for example) engineer conversations between Martin and his side-kick Bogart. Trying to spot as many of the films used as you can is part of the fun.
The music score is a complete joy, and perfectly captures the atmosphere of this genre: it wouldn't have been out of place in a real 40s movie.
Definitely recommended for any fans of classic black and white movies, who aren't so po-faced as to object to a loving send up of their faviourite genre.