Hokey, pretty fun, Murder by Death is the predecessor to Clue, Knives Out, and other comedy mysteries I love.
It’s a great concept, and it is a great cast! It’s fun to see parodies of detectives I’ve come to love over the years. The jokes unfortunately don’t always land, either being too slapstick or too confusing. It’s meant to exist as a parody of the genre in general, and while I understood that I didn’t always enjoy it.
While all performances are fun, Peter Falk delivers an oddly GREAT dramatic performance. Like I’m not sure why but he really goes for it, makes me wish he could have done some solid noirs. Gonna have to check out Columbo one of these days.
Watchable, passable, it’s pretty fascinating. If you’re into Clue, it’s worth giving a shot.