Review of ‘Inspector Sun’: a network of film classics | ET REALITY


“Inspector Sun,” a computer-animated family film released in Spain last year and now arriving in an English-dubbed version, is clearly a product of director Julio Soto Gurpide and screenwriter Rocco Pucillo’s deep affection for cinema history. . The film is based on a variety of classics, from silent adventure series to wacky mysteries like “The Thin Man” and the swashbuckling epics of Douglas Fairbanks and Errol Flynn.

This comic detective story, set largely on a flight from Shanghai to San Francisco in the 1930s, is inspired by another famous traveling detective story from the same decade, Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express.”

This tale’s version of Inspector Poirot, however, is a huntsman spider, and his campy investigation takes place in a vibrant and charming world populated by a host of ants, flies and other insects, including a lobster crime lord and a femme fatale black widow spider. . Comedian Ronny Chieng plays Inspector Sun, the gumshoe arachnid. He doesn’t fit well with the inspector, who sports a wispy mustache and looks like he should sound mischievously French or Belgian, but Chieng brings an easy joy to the performance that feels more distinctive than a full-blown Poirot parody.

The humor alternates between somewhat silly but enjoyable wordplay (“I’m not a praying man…this,” Sun quips at one point) and some fairly juvenile sight gags, many of them scatological (and none of them funny).

But although it is sometimes irritating, the film is always attractive, with nice details, right down to its Art Deco closing titles. I hope they make a sequel and just adapt a Christie story, maybe “The Spider’s Web.”

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Rated PG for some action and mild innuendo. Duration: 1 hour 28 minutes. On cinemas.

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