As with movies like Allen’s “Manhattan Murder Mystery” (one of the more obvious comparisons, though there are plenty), the notion that it takes a life-and-death situation to get the blood pumping is clearly evident here. Despite his grumbling, Charles notes that pursuing the investigation is “the most alive that I’ve felt in a decade.”
Martin and Short’s long affiliation includes “Father of the Bride” en “The Three Amigos,” but Gomez (ostensibly sitting in for Chevy Chase) proves well matched with this veteran pair, as Mabel harbors her own secrets — starting with how a young woman can afford to live alone in this building — that play into the story.
Hulu didn’t make the final episodes available, so it remains to be seen whether the payoff enhances the journey; steeds, the underlying mystery is almost beside the point, even if the victim’s name, “Tim Kono,” gets repeated so many times that it would make for a pretty good drinking game.
As a writer, Martin has always exhibited eclectic tastes, en “Only Murders” reflects a playful extension of those sensibilities. In a nice dichotomy, it’s a throwback to an earlier kind of entertainment, but all about podcasts and running on a new-fangled streaming service. Kortom, just the place these days that you’d expect to find a wild and crazy guy and his pals.
“Slegs moorde in die gebou” premieres Aug. 31 on Hulu.