Genre : Comedy; Mystery
Director : Ficarra and Picone
Platform : Netflix
Framed! A Sicilian Murder Mystery transports us to Italy with its scorching sunny backdrop, miles and miles of arid fields and local delicacies. It successfully positions itself as small town mystery with a score consisting of violins and cello. Even the comic book inspired opening sequence fits well. The only thing concerning is, whether it should be called a ‘mystery’.
The story is about two middle-aged TV technicians, namely Salvo and Valentino. Their life is mundane and routinized. Much to their dismay, they stumble upon a murder scene and then they try to cover it.
The tone of the show is light-hearted and breezy. Thus, the murder scene is shot with gentleness, with no blood or gore. Moreover, the protagonists keep our interest intact and they never fail to make us smile.
Its not the first time this duo is appearing together. They have given several stage performances, acted in ten films and even written a book called ‘Stanchi’. And this is reflected in their chemistry and the comic sequences. The writing and direction have also been done by the same duo.
However, the writing and direction has some flaws. On a paper, the scenes look hilarious. But on screen, they lack the timing, they lack some extra magic. We remain to our smiles. On the other hand, there are shows like Never have I Ever and Dead to Me, which unexpectedly make us laugh and makes our jaws ache.
One of the other downsides of the show is that it focuses more on the Mafia situation rather than the murder. There are too few instances of mystery and we are left craving for more. In addition, ‘The Touch of the Killer’ show, which Salvo is currently obsessed with, gets more screen space and attention that the real killer itself. This is where the show loses its track.
The characters and situations reminded me of some of the iconic mystery movies and cartoons. The van in which Salvo and Valentino travels, is similar to that of Scooby doo’s mystery machine. The duo themselves look like Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson. The show attempts to relive these moments.
Despite its downsides, it still copes up to be a delightful and entertaining watch. It has older characters, but still remains relevant for younger audience with its references of Zoom and Greta Thunberg. Apparently, it has been renewed for a second season and has been on top charts of Netflix Italy.
If you are looking for a show which is quick, easy to watch and doesn’t require much attention span, Framed! is what you can watch.
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An Indian reviewer who writes about horror and thriller movies/series. If not movies, he likes to pick up a mystery book to read. Some of his favourite movies/series include Stranger Things, Elite (S1-3), Train to Busan, Andhadhun, Strangers: Prey at Night.