A Perfect Murder movie review

Yep, I’m digging into the archives and taking a look at 1998’s A Perfect Murder, which is a remake of Dial M for Murder, which is an adaptation of the play of the same name.

I’m just going to assume you’ve already seen this movie, so I’m not going to hold any details back – so if you read on, I’m not only going to ruin A Perfect Murder for you (well, probably not anymore than the trailer already does), but also Dial M for Murder.

spoiler alert

Gwyneth Paltrow

I want to be clear:  Gwyneth-Paltrow, (despite ‘Country Strong’) is one of my favorites.

This has turned out to be a more difficult review than I’d anticipated.  You see, there isn’t much to say about the comparison between ‘Dial’ and ‘Perfect’ as they’re both pretty much the same movie because sometimes, folks just can’t help but be unoriginal bastards.  However, Alfred Hitchcock directed ‘Dial’ and Andrew Davis directed ‘Perfect,’ and let me assure you:  there is no comparison between the two.  If Hitchcock and Davis were to play a game of one on one, Hitchcock would dunk all over Davis all day long, and would continuously pop jump shots in his eye.  And, as much as it pains me to say this, Grace Kelly is infinitely hotter than Gwyneth Paltrow.

grace kelly

And this isn’t even a good picture of Grace Kelly.

I have to think Paltrow would be fine with that.  On the other hand, she married the guy from Coldplay and named her daughter “Apple,” so what do I know?

For me, the most interesting thing about ‘Perfect’ is Viggo Mortensen, who I had forgotten was in this movie at all, and he’s so young!  I guess it’s hard for me to picture him as anyone other than Aragorn after six or seven hours of the Lord of the Rings movies (the extended versions were REALLY long), but in ‘Prefect’, Mortensen is the bad guy.  So is Michael Douglas, but then, he plays the bad guy all the time, and even when he doesn’t, I have trouble rooting for him, even in movies like The Game.  I just always suspect that his character is up to something…  Douglas has a shifty look!  OK, maybe not in The American PresidentDavid Suchet is also in ‘Perfect,’ and he’s one of my favorite actors who does NOT get enough play.  I just like the guy in a, ‘if-he-were-a-woman-I’d-marry-him’ kinda way – I couldn’t even get mad at him as the terrorist in Executive Decision, and that movie really hits close to home!

A Perfect Murder is a great movie, but it’s just not as good as Dial M For Murder.  Sure, ‘Perfect’ has great casting, cinematography and I’m sure the on set catering was also great, but the movie drags a little.  The pace just never feels right to me, and that scene where Gweneth Paltrow goes to the guy’s apartment that she killed… ugh, it just drags, like many other scenes in the movie, but I think this one sticks out the most because of the lack of dialogue in the scene and the fact that the director didn’t let her play the scene on her face…  I didn’t get much about what her character was thinking from those shots of her back.  Most of ‘Perfect’s’ problems can be traced back to the directing and editing.

I highly recommend A Perfect Murder, but at this point, you’re probably going to have to get it from Blockbuster’s mail order service or Netflix, so you might as well get Dial M for Murder instead and bask in its Hitchock-Kelly goodness.  Or, to put it simply, ‘Dial’ is a classic and ‘Perfect’ is not.

My Rating: 4 out of 5

About Jamie Insalaco

Jamie Insalaco is the author of CreativeJamie.com, BomberBanter.com and editor in chief of ComicBookClog.com

Posted on March 12, 2011, in movie review and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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