You’ve heard the saying “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” Well, when it comes to title character Gene Handsome, the beholder might have a different opinion than most. But what Gene lacks in good looks, he makes up for in super-sleuth mystery solving abilities, and quirky wit, so it all works out in the end just the way we like it.
Back To The 80s
The newest addition to Netflix Original movies is Handsome: A Netflix Mystery Movie starring the multi-talented, multi-Emmy nominated Jeff Garlin (Arrested Development; Curb Your Enthusiasm; The Goldberg’s) who also directs and shares co-writing duties with Andrea Seigel. Handsome goes back to the 1980s, where every popular piece seems to find itself these days. Viewers long for the era when life was good, unassuming, and flourishing financially, and Hollywood is more than willing to indulge them.
Spoilers Right Up Front
Gene Handsome is a homicide detective who’s ready to retire, and killing time slowly while he waits. That is, until a severed head shows up on the front lawn of a character played by Steven Weber (Wings, NCIS: New Orleans) who boldly announces to the camera at the start of the film that he’s the killer. Zing; there you have it. Not only do viewers lack the handsome part, they can pretty much throw out the mystery, too, and just enjoy the show. It’s as laid-back as any movie can be and it asks nothing of you but to be entertained.
Great Support And Music
The soundtrack features music and ditties by Ben Folds that underscore plot changes (not quite “twists”) and action scenes, which lends itself along nicely. The supporting cast is tough to beat, with Kaley Cuoco (Big Bang Theory), Natasha Lyonne (American Pie, Orange Is The New Black), Christine Woods (Flashforward, Perfect Couples), Leah Remini (King of Queens, The Clapper) and William Stanford Davies (Lincoln Heights, Ray Donovan) among a literal host of others.
Keeping It Real With No Real Pattern
The movie keeps things real with Handsome, as he walks his dog, contemplates life, and worries about the dating scene, all in a very non-action and non-detective-like way, which can deter slightly from the groove that you want to be in when watching a murder-mystery movie. But then again, you get the low-down right up front that this movie goes way outside of the groove. So buckle up and enjoy the ride that you go on for it’s sure to bring you a few laughs along the way.