See How They Run is a whodunit that makes fun of whodunits – and Agatha Christie and writers and directors and actors and producers and even ushers. It makes fun of everything. You never know which timeworn whodunit trope will get satirized next. Plus, it is fun to watch just to see whodunit.
See How They Run stars two cops: eager young Constable Stalker (Saoirse Ronan) and drunken Inspector Stoppard (Sam Rockwell). They investigate a murder in a West End theater where Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap was playing. And playing. And playing.
The movie people lurking around couldn’t make a movie of the show until it had stopped playing for six months.
Among the movie crowd were Leo Kopernick (Adrien Brody) who would be the director, and Melvyn Cocker-Norris (David Oyelowo) who was the writer of the screenplay.
Petula Spencer (Ruth Wilson) owned the theater. There were assorted actors, husbands, wives, and lovers scurrying about. Saoirse Ronan played two roles.
The final scene where all is revealed took place in Agatha Christie’s (Shirley Henderson) own drawing room. It was more than just the clever detective revealing who the killer was. It also had guns blazing and firebombs. These people were going big!
This masterpiece of mayhem is streaming on HBOMax. If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, take a look.
I sure hope somebody put out that fire . . .