I read up on it online and it's criticized for the way the lead refers to African-Americans. I thought, huh?
That didn't register with me. Maybe I missed it with the British accents or maybe I thought this was a period piece. There's also a mainly White cast. And he was most vulgar about a large White man who dies in the film.
What stood out first was the music Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote. It's like Blondie's "Suzy & Jeffrey" which comes years later. (This is the film I've mentioned here before and Whitney Houston's death delayed me writing about.) It's got five notes that repeat that are also in the song by Blondie.
I found it to be an interesting film. Albert Finney's a comedian who wants to be a private eye so he takes out an ad in a newspaper. Janice Rule hires him and it's a series of trick doors before you figure out what's going on. Or before he does.
Along the way there are a lot of jokes. I liked the film a lot. And was surprised by the ending. I don't want to spoil anything but I will tell you to play attention to the guy playing Albert Finney's brother.
It's a good film if you like the genre and I do. If I seem lukewarm right now, it's the online criticism I read before starting this. I don't remember anything that outraged me. But maybe that's me. Maybe, in 2012, I don't expect a film from 1971 to express my reality?
I don't know.
I do recommend the film. And I think Albert Finney's a great actor. Also this is the first film Stephen Frears every directed. I also love his "The Grifters" and "Dangerous Liasons."
Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"