Later-day Hollywood murder mysteries, from “The Long Goodbye” to “The Dead Pool” to “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,” provide filmmakers with welcome vehicles for both showbiz sensationalism and a little bit (at least) biting into the hand feeds them. Oh, and sometimes sarcastically mocking. “Last Look,” directed by Tim Kirkby and based on the novel by Howard Michael Gould, opens with a scene of a former policeman living in self-imposed ascetic exile, a situation that now feels like the past, if not older.
The former officer, Charlie Waldo (Charlie Hunnam), is called on top of his personal mountain by a former partner who asks Waldo to investigate the death of the wife of a drunken TV star named Alastair Pinch, played by Mel Gibson. .
Before long, everything fell apart when a few hardliners infiltrated Waldo’s sanctuary and kicked him out while shouting stereotypical rubbish. (Throughout the film, it appears that almost every character who commits violence to Waldo is either Black or Latino.) Later, Waldo rides his bike to a movie studio and reluctantly begins his investigation. mine.
And then it just got weirder. Gibson sported Colonel Sanders-like facial hair and created a character that looks like a cross between Oliver Reed and Rich Little (lots of accents). Edema.
In the process, Waldo meets Pinch’s attractive kindergarten teacher, played by Lucy Fry. This is the kind of movie where it’s a matter of when instead of two characters going to bed together. Tired.
Kirkby doesn’t keep up with the fun pace. But he also seems preoccupied with impressing his inner hipster, as with an attitude towards racing that you dare call cavalier. And his edgy musical choices again. I also like the new post-prog rock group Squid, but putting their song “Sulf” at the end of the credits is a song without a sequel. Here’s a shot that could benefit from Shane Black’s (relatively) better hand in “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.”
Rated R for violence, sex, language, adult clichés. Running time: 1 hour 50 minutes. In cinemas and available to rent or buy on Apple TV, Google Play and other streaming platforms and pay TV operators.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/02/arts/last-looks-review.html ‘Last Look’ Review: The Hollywood Murder Mystery Is Full of Clichés