'The Afterparty' turns its comedic murder mystery into more of an afterthought

Telling stories from shifting perspectives a laRashomonhas become pretty commonplace in premium-TV and streaming, from Showtime’s “사건” 넷플릭스에Clickbait. 입력하다 “The Afterparty,” an Apple TV+ comedy series with one murder, plenty of suspects and minimal intriguethe sort of show that’s modestly entertaining but doesn’t bring enough to the party.

Produced by The Lego Movie team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller (with Miller directing), the eight-part show begins with the death of a famed celebrity singer (Dave Franco) during the after-party at a 15-year high-school reunion.
Who might have pushed him to his death? Any one of a number of former classmates appears to harbor a motive, with each spending an episode recounting their story to a detective (Tiffany Haddish) racing to solve the mystery before her boss can dispatch a higher-profile cop to take over the investigation.
    The format means seeing events unfolds from different angles, while picking up new bits of information along the way. But the inherent whodunit and evolving trail of breadcrumbs don’t really prove that enticing, with the best material coming from the old high-school crushes, grievances and missed opportunities that get rehashed.
      Armed with a good cast that also includes Sam Richardson (“Veep”), Zoë Chao, Ben Schwartz, Ike Barinholtz, Ilana Glazer and Jamie Demetriou, Miller does engage in some amusing flights into the absurd as the different charactersand their sometimes-wild imaginationstake center stage. The more outlandish flourishes range from a fight scene that seemingly goes on for about five minutes to an animated sequence.
        아직도, not only is theRashomonwrinkle overused (see the recent movie “최후의 결투” 게다가), but the high-school reunion also feels pretty exhausted as a backdropa conceit that offers a built-in excuse for assembling a group of actors who are all roughly the same demographically desirable age. 과연, Fox tried almost the exact the same premise with the 2005 드라마 “재결합,” which didn’t last long enough to finish the story.
        So while Apple is promoting the show asgenre-defying,” it’s really moregenre-embracing.Haddish also seems to be working a little too hard at wringing humor from what could easily be a straight-arrow part, which frankly proves a bit of a distraction from the focus on the victim, his peers and getting to the truth of who murdered him.
            Even with its flawsThe Afterpartygoes down easily enough, but as potential binges go, it’s hardly a VIP ticketless the stuff of appointment viewing than simply, 잘, an afterthought.
            The Afterparty” 1월 초연. 28 on Apple TV+. (Disclosure: My wife now works for a division of Apple.)

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