The lights go out, a woman screams, and a loud thud breaks the silence. When the lights come back on again, a dead body is revealed and a room full of shocked witnesses eye each other warily. Which one did it? This is the premise of virtually every murder mystery in the 20th century, and See how they work, a new movie starring Sam Rockwell and Saoirse Ronan, doesn’t stray too far from that formula. Its most appealing quality is how retro everything looks: the useless victim, the shady suspects, and the dark mansion where all secrets are revealed.
In an interview with Digital Trends, director Tom George and co-star Charlie Cooper discuss the perennial appeal of the murder mystery genre, how a cast of veteran American and British actors ended up being cast, and why films like this are better experienced. in a crowded environment. theater full of spectators eager to solve the case.
This interview has been condensed for length and clarity.
Digital Trends: What made you two decide to do it See how they work?
Tom Jorge: I think what attracted me was the chance to make a movie that was a thriller, a murder mystery and a comedy. I liked the challenge of putting these elements together, because I think there’s a risk that you’ll overdo the comedy elements and lose the stakes in your thriller, and overemphasize the darker elements and the comedy tone strays away.
Charlie Cooper: I’ve always loved murder mysteries, and the fact that it’s this but also a comedy is what really drew me to the film, because it’s a hard thing to get right. We see a lot of straight murder mysteries, but having that suspense and pairing it with laughs is really appealing. And after reading the script, it was just superb – all the tone and colorful characters. Yes, it was perfect.
The film is a kind of love letter to Agatha Christie, with her famous play the mousetrap being a fundamental plot device and an old-fashioned murder mystery genre. What do you like about the genre in particular and what are some of your favorite mysteries?
George: I wasn’t a big fan of mystery before See how they work. I think certainly in England we all grew up with them, whether it’s murder mystery books or TV or movie adaptations. The challenge then is how do you do something new in this space?
On the one hand, this is a movie set in 1953. It wants to look like a fully realized version of 1950s London, but it also only works from a kind of modern point of view. It was clear that there is this contemporary thread running through the entire film in tone.
My first involvement with murder mysteries would have been Poirot, the Agatha Christie character who was played by David Suchet in a series from the 80s and 90s. That was a staple for me and my brother, and we would sit there and try to write notes for unravel the case. But, of course, Christie’s mysteries don’t quite work that way.
Cooper: It’s that kind of inherent human trait of solving a mystery in your imagination that’s so adorable. It’s part of British culture, you know, in stories and plays.
you had seen the mousetrap before making this movie?
George No, I hadn’t seen the mousetrap before making this movie. I was supposed to go see him, but there was a global pandemic, which made it more complicated. But in the end, I read the play and was already familiar with it when we shot the movie. I see that as a positive, because I think it’s important that the audience can come to this movie without having seen the play and still enjoy it.
I wanted to have that layer of awareness about genre and genre tropes and the way these types of stories work, but it all needs to be built on solid foundations with relatable characters and a good story. He needed to work in his own right. I hope this extra layer will be exciting for fans of the genre or people watching for a second time.
Cooper: No, I didn’t, actually. I didn’t know much about Agatha Christie before I joined the cast. It’s one of those things you don’t realize how much you know until you go back and look at it properly, and we filmed it during the pandemic, so we weren’t able to see the play.
The film has an eclectic cast. How did you put together such a heterogeneous team of actors?
George: You know, the great thing about a mystery is that you have a huge pool of possible suspects and victims. And Mark Chappell [the writer] I had written these brilliant characters so that the process of putting actors in these parts was really one of the most fun parts of the production.
It certainly started with Saoirse Ronan, who was the first person we thought of for Constable Stalker. We had a few conversations with her, and she came on board, and it kind of developed from there. Sam Rockwell joined us, then David Oyelowo, then the rest of the cast. Not only were they brilliant people in their own right, but they also gave the project a clear direction. People could see or get a more tonal sense of what we were trying to do.
Charlie, how did you play your character Dennis, the theater doorman? Like everyone else in the cast, you must be credible as a potential suspect or victim.
Cooper: Yeah, I knew that from the start, and I think what really drew me in was doing something challenging and completely out of my comfort zone. It was so much fun playing Dennis. I would definitely do this again.
What should audiences expect from this film?
George: I think audiences should expect a whodunnit that is both for mystery fans, but also for people who wouldn’t normally see this type of movie. And above all, I think it’s a movie to watch with groups of people, either at home or preferably at the cinema. It’s so easy to forget that joy of laughing with an audience. I think it’s an essential social thing that we’ve been missing in the last couple of years. And that kind of film used to be made here in the UK: dark crime dramas with comedy twists.
Cooper: See how they work it’s just an hour and a half of pure escapism. It’s a chance to really get absorbed into the world of London’s West End in the 1950s, which is so lovely because the cinematography is so good. The costumes are amazing, and the sets are unreal. So it’s going to be one of those movies where I think you’re looking at the cinema and just thinking, “I really want to go back to this world for a few more hours,” which is really good. I love it when that happens. And again, you know, in its purest form, it’s a classic murder mystery that everyone will love to watch.
See how they work It is currently playing in select cinemas.
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