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So I'm watching Sleuth (1972) with Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine (remake soon to be released starring Michael Caine and Jude Law).

It's rather predictable, but also rather excellent. Clever, witty, very intriguing.

But I can't help thinking I've seen it before (which could account for why it's so predictable). At first, I thought it was just the similarities to murder mystery type films such as Murder By Death (they have quite a similar tone).

However, the more I watch, the more I am convinced that I have watched this before.


I'm intrigued also with the remake. I really detest Kenneth Branagh, particularly as a director (I will never forgive him for his wretched Hamlet...bastard). But I do think Michael Caine is simply spectacular, he was back in the 60s and 70s, and continues to be today. And Jude Law is really a strong actor. Quite incredible.

I'm very nervous, however. When an original film is very good, I am very wary of remakes. And Michael Caine, while exceptional, has become (I believe) lazy in his older years. Many actors do. Not quite putting the time, emotion, intensity into their roles. I'm afraid he'll be terribly overacted by Jude Law, who, I am quite certain, will be directed to overact by the aforementioned Branagh

Eh, nothing good can come from speculation. I shall simply have to see the film when it comes out.

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