Confess, Fletch Review – IGN

Confessions, Fletch arrives in theaters on Friday, September 16, and on digital and on demand.

Confess, Fletch shines a light not only on Jon Hamm’s playful silliness but also on the charming bickering of Gregory McDonald’s Fletch mystery novels. It’s a medium-stakes, high-chuck prank that gives us a clever crime-solver who is the anti-Hercule Poirot. investigative reporter — or confession, in Fletch’s case, retired Investigative Journalist – Irwin M. “Fletch” Fletcher doesn’t always have all the answers.. or any of them. But the Fletch stories are a brilliant mix of active detective and incident, which makes a satirical character like Fletch a “t” fit.

Directed by Greg Mottola of Superbad, Confess, Fletch (which is McDonald’s second Fletch novel) takes our sharp, sociable protagonist from Italy back to the States where he is tasked with tracking down his girlfriend’s family’s stolen art collection. has been assigned. When he arrives at his rented townhome in Boston, a dead body awaits and a lot of evidence points to him as the murderer. Mottola, who has worked with Haim in previous films, is perfect in portraying the interactive comedy here as well as Fletch’s charm (who could easily come across as smug in the wrong hands).

You don’t have to be a fan of Chevy Chase’s Fletch movie from 1985 (which was based on the first Fletch mystery) even though that particular story is a better introduction to Fletch and what he is. That film also blended Fletch with Chase’s particular comedic style, for which thankfully there is some common ground, as well as playing Fletch as someone who likes to wear elaborate disguises and when he is a Digs into scams or case then uses silly fake names. Its roots are true, as Fletch often lies and/or presents himself as someone else in order to walk out the door or talk to people who otherwise don’t want to talk and confess, Fletch Reels this element in a bit more so that it doesn’t feel awkward or out of step.

The film is also great with its ensemble cast, allowing Haim to shine as Fletch, while also surrounding him with characters who don’t feel flat, or like stock cops or suspects. Huh. Roy Wood Jr. and Aiden Meery are highly adored as police detectives who now find themselves in Fletch’s orbit, for better or worse, often pretending they are immune to his antics and insights. Lorenza Izzo and Marcia Gay Harden are also boon to the film, as Fletch’s girlfriend and his flamboyant “Countess” stepmother, respectively. Plus, Kyle MacLachlan, Bridesmaids co-writer Annie Mumolo, and — oh yeah! –John Slattery.

It’s not the first time Slattery and Haim have been on the same project since Mad Men (Wet Hot American Summer: First Day at Camp), and it won’t be the last (upcoming Maggie Moores), but it’s the best of their Mad Men. Use of buttery styling and dynamic acting. And if you’re more familiar with both Fletch films of the ’80s than Slattery’s casting as Fletch’s former L.A. newspaper editor, Frank feels more inspired, because he, too, comes with inherent saltiness. It’s just another thing that, confess, Fletch feels like luck after the others (Kevin Smith, Bill Lawrence) have spent decades trying to make a new Fletch movie.

Confess, Fletch, has finally done what many have attempted to do in the wake of 1989’s Fletch Lives, which was to bring McDonald’s distinctive stint of prose to the screen. Every stab in the Fletch reboot was done “to be in line with the books”. Confess, Fletch does his best to introduce Fletch to a new era, to a new generation, but its biggest appreciators may be people from decades ago who fell in love with the novels (or the Chase movie). was. Admit it, Fletch isn’t a neatly tied secret, nor is it one where the protagonist can discover the truth through a maze of twists and turns, but it’s a terrifying encapsulation of why Fletch is an addictive scam. Is. Sometimes he’s two steps back, sometimes three steps back, but he’s always entertaining.