I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started watching Kind Hearts and Coronets. I thought it would be a historical film–which can often be amazing and equally often be utter tripe.
It turns out that this one is actually a comedy, not a drama. A wonderfully whimsical black comedy of murder and social classes. I love it when the murderer is a sympathetic man and we’re all rooting for him to win in the end.
I really enjoyed this one, although I’m not sure how well it would play with audiences today.
Essentially, it follows the career of a young man whose noble-blooded mother has been disinherited by her family, and his subsequent quest to murder his way into inheriting a dukedom. The murders are the funniest part of the film, of course. Murder, if done correctly, is extremely funny.
Along the way he becomes emotionally entangled with two women and lands on death row for murder. The murder that gets him locked up, which I won’t spoil for you, is just another piece of delicious black comedy.
This one is seriously old-school, but I think the buttons it presses aren’t the kind of thing that will offend people nowadays (although, to be honest, I have no clue what offends people nowadays… everything?), so I recommend it heartily to everyone. Go out and watch this one.
If you don’t enjoy it, you’re a humorless twit, and should probably join the nearest holier-than-thou social movement in your neighborhood (does the temperance movement still exist?) at once.
Normal people should love it.
Gustavo Bondoni is an Argentine novelist and short story writer currenly in Covid-19 lockdown like everyone else in Buenos Aires. Since we’re all staying at home anyway, why not purchase his latest book, Pale Reflection? If you look in the reviews, you’ll see that it’s been favorably compared to Stephen King. You can buy it here.