One Paragraph Movie Review: Sleuth (1972)

I only very recently got to watch the classic Academy Award nominated film Sleuth, based on the Anthony Shaffer play of the same name, and I’m glad I did. I loved the hell out of this film! Filled with suspense, packed with insanely witty dialogue and great acting from the leads, this film is guaranteed to give you the satisfaction that only great films can provide. The plot revolves around a wealthy, snobbish writer (played by Laurence Olivier) who invites his wife’s lover (played by Michael Caine) to his mansion for some good conversation and an intriguing proposition. One can only imagine what goes on from there, and I really cannot reveal more than that without giving away too much. Everything is important in this film, from the dialogue to the numerous items viewed on screen (The set design truly is extraordinary). This is a very well-directed thriller which constantly keeps you guessing as to what will happen next. Laurence Olivier gives an outstanding performance as the writer, and seems to have a lot of fun with the role, giving the character immense depth. Michael Caine does a great job too, and this is really one of his best performances that I have seen. So if you have not seen it, please do, it will not disappoint.

4.5 out of 5

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