A murder mystery brings together a private eye, a struggling actress, and a thief masquerading as an actor.
11 September 2005
Brett Halliday (novel), Shane Black (screenplay)
“Bodies Are Where You Find Them”, by Brett Halliday
Detective as protagonist?
Jenny: Yep. He’s even first in that stupid prologue. Unfortunately the mystery doesn’t start there.
Lani: Yep, although it takes a while for the problem to start.
Murderer as antagonist?
Jenny: Yes. As soon as the murder happens and Harry screws up the murderers nice clean getaway.
Lani: Yes, once the murder has actually happened.
Conflict created by mystery/murder?
Jenny: Yes, but again, not until the murder happens. This movie needed to start much later; it’s got two prologues and then a huge waste of time about the heroine’s friend, and THEN the murder happens.
Lani: Yes. Until Harry witnesses the dead girl in the trunk, the antagonist couldn’t care less about him.
Fair play with all the clues given?
Solved using deduction, not luck?
All threads pertaining to the mystery pull together at the end?
Jenny: Too damn many threads are resolved, some of them having nothing to do with the main plot. We were hostile at that point.
Lani: Yes, although some threads are resolved when we don’t need them necessarily.
Jenny says: 4 Pops
Mystery: 5, Craft: 4 (splitting the difference between the sloppy plotting and the incredible dialogue) Suspense: 4, Romance: 3 (Harry and Perry would have gotten a 5; they really missed an opportunity to do a great gay romance here)
Lani says: 4 Pops
Mystery: 5, Craft: 4, Suspense: 4, Romance: 3 (5 between Perry and Harry; 1 between Harry and Harmony, splitting the difference.)