with my wife"
When out of work
actor and part time hairdresser Milo Tindle (Law) visits acclaimed writer
Andrew Wyke (Caine), the novelist knows exactly who he is. Living alone
in his high tech estate after his wife left him for a younger man, Andrew
has been plotting his revenge against him and as Milo comes to ask for him
to divorce his wife Maggie, the game is about to begin. What he doesn't
realise is that Milo has just as strong an intellect as him and the game
is about to get very complicated indeed.
Remakes are becoming
a stalwart in Hollywood at the moment but when acclaimed British actors,
director and playwright come together to collaborate you have to take notice.
Based on the award
winning play by Anthony Shaffer but with a new approach by acclaimed playwright
Harold Pinter, this is a new, updated version of the play and the original
1972 movie version. With the same premise, this is a modern approach that
uses technology and high design as the backdrop to a battle of wits that
will be pushed to the very extreme. The problem is that the modern twists
have made the impact of the movie feel a little lacking.
When it comes to
bringing 'Sleuth' to the silver screen again, one of Britain's best directors
Kenneth Branagh and one of the countries best playwrights Harold Pinter
may have sounded like the dream combination. When you bring in Jude Law
and Michael Caine, returning to the movie that showed again how good an
actor he really was back in 1972, you should have expected a classic in
the making but the film is missing a genuine impact.
There is no denying
that Sir Michael Caine is one of the best actors Britain has ever produced
and he is the obvious choice to return to 'Sleuth' but now as the older
character of Andrew Wyke. The actor has grown better and better with age
and he proves again that he can command your attention. As the acclaimed
crime novelist, he is a man who loves a battle of wits and in Milo Tindle,
the man who has taken his wife from him but he doesn't realise he has found
a more than worthy opponent. Of course Michael Caine, rises to the challenge
of the role and makes it his own. The let down for the movie is Jude Law.
The jury has always been out on if Jude Law is a good actor or just a pretty
boy and over the years he has proved that he can act but as Milo Tindle
he pushes that to the extreme. While Michael Caine is simply a actor who
can capture your attention throughout, but Jude Law is completely over the
top, almost pantomime like in his portrayal of the hairdresser and wannabe
actor. As the film progresses and Tindle and Wyke struggle to get the upper
hand, Law gets more and more over the top, trying far too hard to show that
he has a range that he doesn't really have.
'Sleuth' is a showcase
play and movie for young and distinguished actors to showcase their talents.
Kenneth Branagh brings the best from Sir Michael Caine, who revels in the
new version of Anthony Shaffer's play by Harold Pinter but Jude Law makes
this a movie that loses its way and impact as an acting showcase and a movie
that should captivate you from the off.
Presented in Widescreen 2.35:1
Anamorphic with a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, the transfer is good.
Commentary by director Kenneth
Branagh and actor Michael Caine
Two of Britain most distinguished filmmakers come together to provide
an excellent commentary for 'Sleuth'. It is clear that these to powerhouses
of cinema have a huge amount of respect for each other but also know how
to have intelligent, informative but humorous conversation. The two are
extremely passionate about the project, with Sir Michael providing an
insight into the differences between this version and the original and
Kenneth talking about the how he became involved and how he approached
this version. This is a track that fans of the film should really enjoy.
Commentary by producer
and actor Jude Law
Jude Law provides a solo track from the prospective of a producer and
performer. He talks passionately about working with acclaimed playwright
Harold Pinter, director Kenneth Branagh and esteemed actor Michael Caine.
With some fascinating behind the scenes stories and much about the making
of the film, this is a decent single person commentary.
Sleuth: On Set (10.40 mins)
Split into sections entitled 'Day One', 'Judi Dench', 'Breaking in', 'Nightmare'
and 'Last Day', this behind the scenes footage offers you an insight into
the making of 'Sleuth' and reveals how Kenneth Branagh works as a director
and how Sir Michael Caine and Jude Law work as actors.
A Game of Cat & Mouse: Behind
the Scenes of Sleuth (15.03 mins)
Director Kenneth Branagh, screenwriter Harold Pinter and actors Michael
Caine and Jude Law take you behind the scenes of the new adaptation of
the Anthony Shaffer play. Looking at the characters of Milo Tindle, Andrew
Wyke, Inspector Black and outlining the differences between the Harold
Pinter version and the Anthony Shaffer original, this offers an insight
into the production and a chance for the people involved to tell you more
about the movie.
Inspector Black: Make Up
Secrets Revealed (2.36 mins)
Make up artist Eileen Kastner-Delago takes you through the four and a
half hour process of transforming Jude Law into the inspector.
The DVD treatment for 'Sleuth'
is one that fans should enjoy. The two commentary tracks are good and
the behind the scene featurettes reveal everything you need to know about
the development of the film. These special features really compliment
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