The Thin Man Goes Home
Nick and Nora go on holiday, and end up involved in a murder.
This was a slight improvement on the previous installment, as the humor surrounding the relationship with Nick's parents is consistently enjoyable. Otherwise, we get little variation from the pattern of these films, which work for what they are: enjoyable and increasingly disposable films that offer a few laughs, some intrigue, and a sweet marital relationship at the center of it all.
Never really bad, but far from fresh.
With the change at director, comes new life. Thorpe's direction and ultimately the self-referential nature with which the film concludes really add a lot of life to a franchise that could have fallen apart after this many trips. Really quite a fantastic film. Big fan. (B+)
Some fun characters and decent nods to noir, but the comedy was a bit too "safe" and not all that funny. It was there just enough to keep the drama from being all that involving. A good enough romp for a Sunday afternoon though.
[Thin Man Series] By the fifth instalment, it has gotten to be a bit weak. No one cares about the mysteries, so that’s not the problem. I thought the banter between Nick and Nora (which is the real point of the series) wasn’t as good. I still like Mirna Loy, but Nick is just less than I want.
After W.S. Van Dyke had directed the first four in the franchise, the relay baton was picked up by Richard Thorpe. Not an especially great director, but this isn't a bad attempt. At all.