Film Review: Fletch Gets Artsy

Confess, Fletch is a comedy mystery film directed by Greg Mottola, who also co-wrote the script with Zev Borow. Jon Hamm takes on the lead role of Irwin M. Fletcher, freelance reporter. The script was based on the novel by Gregory McDonald. Fletch was first brought to the big screen by Chevy Chase in the 1980’s. The cast includes the talents of Roy Wood Jr., Lorenza Izzo, Marcia Gay Harden, and John Slattery. A newer actress named Ayden Mayeri has a pretty entertaining role as a young Boston detective named Griz.

Fletch is sent by his girlfriend in Italy to get her art collection as a ransom for her apparently kidnapped father. Fletch finds a dead woman in his rented apartment and himself as a number one murder suspect. Fletch is a former investigative reporter and dusts off some of his old skills to figure out how he has gotten into this mess and what to do about it.

I sort of like characters who have a somewhat unflappable demeanor in the midst of stressful situations. I am not sure how closely this film follows the novel, but it was reasonable enjoyable. Hamm does a competent job in the lead role that was popularized by a somewhat iconic comedic actor. Fletch remains charmingly aloof and irreverent in spite of some dire circumstances. The banter between him and the two detectives, played by Roy Wood Jr. and Mayeri, is pretty amusing. Although Hamm does get show his comedic abilities quite effectively, his version of Fletch still seems a little less outlandish than Chase’s performance and that actually works out well here. Confess, Fletch is one of the few cinematic reboots these days that turns out to not be a disastrous decision.

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