KTO MA PSZCZO艁Y TEN MA MI脫D / Bees Make Honey (2017)

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PLOT: In his feature length directorial debut, Jack Eve brings the 1930鈥檚 up to 2017 with a whodunit that really is more than initially meets the eye. Bees Make Honey takes modern, cult and pulp filmmaking techniques to fashion a period piece that鈥檚 a Gatsby-esque family affair, starring Jack鈥檚 sister Alice Eve (Star Trek: Into Darkness, Black Mirror) as lead character 鈥楳s Honey鈥 and father Trevor Eve as the bumbling Commissioner, as well as a bevy of colourful side characters in this energetic, sometimes exhausting period romp.

After her husband is murdered at a Halloween party on with her 22nd birthday, Ms Honey decides to recreate the very Halloween party the following year, this time hiring Detective Shoerope (Wilf Scolding) to take his place and deduce who the killer was. What follows is a caper that many wouldn鈥檛 expect, cyclying through genres as it rambles it鈥檚 way through a Halloween party that Baz Luhrmann would be proud of.

Despite what the initial teaser image and plot description would have you believe, this isn鈥檛 the meandering, serious Poirot-type escapade it promises. During the opening sequence in which Mr Honey is killed, we are thrust straight into a party scene with enough modern music (most notably Jamie XX鈥檚 Gosh), crazy outfits and, surprisingly, cocaine, that it seems almost as if you鈥檝e walked into a costume party mashup of The Great Gatsby and The Wolf Of Wall Street. This won鈥檛 be your average Sunday afternoon thriller.

Unfortunately, Eve takes this juxtaposition too far. It鈥檚 all well and good having two time periods connect, but it needs to be well balanced. From small things to the overuse of the F-word by Honey to the more intrusive late 2000鈥檚 indie rock soundtrack, the illusion is often broken and instead of felling like a homage to Luhrmann鈥檚 style, it鈥檚 such a sudden change of pace that it feels like flipping channels between Murder On The Orient Express and The Inbetweeners. The film doesn鈥檛 earn these cutaways, because the comedy that builds up to these moments hasn鈥檛 been given enough time to win over the audience just yet. Indeed, as the post film Q&A brought up, Bees Make Honey may struggle to find a market 鈥 without the incongruous swearing and drug use, there鈥檚 not much stopping the film from being a PG.

That being said, though, there鈥檚 still undeniably fun to be had.. There鈥檚 enough pulpy enthusiasm to maintain the enjoyment throughout its 90 minute runtime. Not only does it employ many modern tropes, but also has an exciting Western flare, brilliantly upheld by Scolding, who spends the entire film in a cowboy costume. His role as the quizzical and by-the-book detective is very well crafted, he being the only level head and guide to the audience amidst a house of craziness and deceit.


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