King Jeff, Gorio
King Jeff, Gorio
From filmmakers/creators King Jeff and Gorio comes "Tales from the Murder Room." An episodic case-by-case dissection of murder - as seen through the eyes of Detective Jerry July, George Rook, and Chack Moses.
Let me start by saying that I did struggle with pacing issues right from the opening moments, and "Tales from the Murder Room" will definitely not be for those looking for a lightning-paced film. Some choppy and occasionally unfocused edits made it difficult for the movie to generate any momentum right from the start. I will say, however, that the lead performances are all quite good. Unfortunately, the comedic beats within the film are often lost due to the pacing issues or the edits themselves. There also tend to be a few overlong scenes in the series of stories - that lead to little or no "real" pay-off.
There are, however, some good take-aways from "Tales from the 'Murder Room," and it's clear that a lot of hard work went into making it. Some of which can be felt when considering the writing, which seems quite authentic within the interrogations and overall setting. There is also clearly a focus and passion driving the project throughout - and it does, in fact, show. All the components for great success are in place, and I would
be very curious to see this formatted as a series - rather than in a standalone movie format. A "series" format could also help with some of the pacing issues.
"Tales from the Murder Room" may not be perfect, but nobody ever claimed it to be. I look forward to seeing more from this creative team and think with some additional technical/financial support, the filmmakers easily have the potential - and ability to build upon this in a truly exciting way. Perhaps not for everyone but for those willing to take a gamble on a micro-budget production - this could be right up your alley. Well done, two and a half solid stars.