I Hired a Contract Killer ★★★

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

This one really struggled to hold my attention, despite the amazing production design and some hilarious setpieces. I adored the sequence in which the protagonist goes to the bar to hire a killer and I loved the final scene, but much of the back and forth between protagonist and killer left me a bit cold. A classic Kaurismaki move reared its head when the killer (spoiler) finds out he has cancer. I can think of few directors who would have imbued their anonymous antagonist with such tragic irony to hilarious results. I'm going to give this a re-watch eventually because I suspect I just wasn't in the right headspace for the bone dry wit of Kaurismaki this morning.