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” y “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; todavía, 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, y “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. En breve, just the place these days that you’d expect to find a wild and crazy guy and his pals.
“Only Murders in the Building” premieres Aug. 31 en Hulu.