post_page_cover

The Private Eye Featured, Reviews Film Threat

Apr 18, 2024

Are Matt Rife’s good looks and comedic charm enough to carry a 1-hour, 55-minute noir film? Director Jack Cook’s The Private Eye, written by Cook, Hope Ayiyi, and Rosalinda Books, attempts to blend Memento, Out of the Past, and The Notebook. Is it a seamless mixture, or are we left with a convoluted gumshoe story that doesn’t quite stick?
Mort Madison (Matt Rife) is a down-on-his-luck private eye who spends his days drinking and smoking without many knocks on his door asking for his assistance. Then, one day, a mysterious woman named Michelle (Clare Grant) hires Mort to follow and scare off her boyfriend, David (Elliot). During the case, Mort’s past and present collide as he navigates his strange connection to Michelle, his own identity, and how far he will go for love.

“…a mysterious woman named Michelle hires Mort to follow and scare off her boyfriend…”
The Private Eye struggles to decide what tone to go for and what story it’s trying to tell. It varies from a noir spoof to psychological drama, never following through on either attempt. Of course, once the twist occurs, the narrative tries its best to justify the runaround that most of the movie puts its audience through to throw them off the scent. Sadly, this feels more like wasted time. This would’ve benefitted from a shorter runtime, with many scenes being unnecessarily too long. It spends way too much time watching Mort do nothing remotely related to the case instead of building his character. Due to these lengthy deviations, the characters, their actions, and what they all mean to each other fall apart.
Rife does a decent job but feels miscast, never entirely pulling off the private dick persona. Rife’s looks and mannerisms seem too young and ultimately too detached from who he is revealed to be in the end. It feels similar to how Jennifer Lawrence was teased for constantly being cast in roles that were much older than her actual age. However, Erik Griffin’s cameo as a taxi driver is easily the film’s highlight and made me laugh out loud.
In thinking back on The Private Eye, Christopher Nolan’s Tenet comes to mind: after an hour, you start to worry because you realize you have no clue what’s going on. Once the reveal occurs in the third act, it’s so overly complicated that it leaves you thinking one of two things. Either you just watched something brilliantly orchestrated that requires repeat viewings or just experienced a flashy concept that can’t justify its existence. I look forward to seeing what else Rife has to offer in the future, but you can pass on this one.

Disclaimer: This story is auto-aggregated by a computer program and has not been created or edited by filmibee.
Publisher: Source link

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE
"You Will See Me In This Suit A Fair Amount": Here's Why Claudia Jessie Wore The Same Look Twice While Promoting "Bridgerton" Season 3

You go, Claudia!View Entire Post › Disclaimer: This story is auto-aggregated by a computer program and has not been created or edited by filmibee.Publisher: Source link

May 23, 2024

Hidden Walmart Fashion Finds TikTok Convinced Me To Buy

We independently selected these deals and products because we love them, and we think you might like them at these prices. E! has affiliate relationships, so we may get a commission if you purchase something through our links. Items are…

May 23, 2024

RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 9 Queens Take A Trivia Quiz

And if y'all wanted a twist, well, we're getting one! In addition to competing for the crown and a spot in the Drag Race Hall of Fame, the All Stars 9 divas are also playing to win $200K for their…

May 22, 2024

Teen Mom's Kailyn Lowry Says Boob Job Was Denied Due to Weight

Kailyn Lowry is getting a "humbling" plastic surgery experience off her chest. The former Teen Mom 2 star revealed she recently broke down in tears after she was denied a breast augmentation. "I... Disclaimer: This story is auto-aggregated by a computer program and…

May 22, 2024