In For A Murder (2021) Review

Anna Smolowik's charming turn is the only bright spot in this boring murder mystery

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In For A Murder (2021) Review
Platform
Netflix
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Format
Original Movie Review
Movie Rated
13+
Genre
MYSTERY
Language
Polish

What is the story about?

In the Polish town of Podkowa Lesna, Magda, a housewife and mother of two, feels frustrated. Her husband Tomasz does not love her, and is having an affair with someone else. He also prevents her from getting a job. One night, while walking her dog, Magda comes across the dead body of a woman in a park. As an investigation begins into the death, Magda realizes the woman may have a connection to her best friend Weronica, who myseriously disappeared fifteen years ago. 

Analysis

You can't take a murder-mystery seriously if the screenplay is a scattershot one, the premise is flimsy, and the characters luxuriate in a false sense of self-importance. In For A Murder feels like a wannabe Polish remake of Knives Out, but while Rian Johnson's movie had a lot of subtext beneath its campy thrills, Piotr Molaruk's film leaves you yawning from the first frame. Magda, the housewife who feels throttled in her marital life and contends with her husband having an affair, somehow inveigles herself into every police investigation happening in Podkowa Lesna. She has a love-hate relationship with Sikora, a police detective and the husband of her best friend Elka. She also has a crush on the local veterinarian, and also nurses a soft spot for her best friend Weronica who disappeared several years ago. It could have been dynamite in a better film, but what follows in In For A Murder makes this movie a parody of a parody of an Agatha Christie novel. It's pathetic.

Performances

Anna Smolowik's Magda is the only actor who makes this awful film even worth a watch, thanks to her vivacious screen presence. The rest of the cast is forgettable.

Music & Other Departments

The tenor of the background score feels eerily similar to the Home Alone films.

Highlights

Anna Smolowik as Magda.

Drawbacks

The disjointed screenplay and the forgettable performances.

Did I enjoy it?

I was yawning from the first half-hour, so no.

Do I recommend it?

No.


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