Review: The Third Murder, 2018, dir. Hirokazu Kore-eda

If you thought The First Murder was good, and if you liked The Second Murder, too, wait until you get a load of The Third Murder!

Okay: Sorry. I’ve already made this joke on Twitter. It wasn’t funny then (lies! It was hilarious), and it isn’t funny now (see last parenthetical, asshole). But I couldn’t help myself. Talking about the latest Hirokazu Kore-eda demands a little levity, because The Third Murder does not by any standard qualify as light viewing, even if the viewing itself isn’t that concerned with the subject matter (being a man’s brutal murder via wrench to the dome) and more concerned with what it means to actually be guilty of a crime, and whether committing one crime to save another’s soul is really a crime at all. For all the gory, philosophical details, read my full review for Paste Magazine.

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