A number of times I have spoken harsh words to him. And a number of times he would unconditionally forgive me of my trespasses, that was what I thought. Again, to prompt me of thinking first before speaking: the shortest way to a man’s heart is humiliation.
Sleuth was a two-man show featuring the engaging performances of Michael Craine and Jude Law. I particularly enjoyed the film’s first half, which was until the alleged death of hairdresser Milo.
The flick revolved around the husband and lover’s poison-tipped war of words and wit until one submitted to the trap. Each character tried to revive his hurt male ego over superbly amusing and cruel dialogues, fitted to tear and bite each player.
At the end, Sleuth gave viewers a lesson. The sweetest revenge- especially for a wealthy old man left by his wife to live with a pretty younger man- is degrading his masculinity.
Overly submitting to the game will, however, lead to a more inflicting circumstance – death. And that I have to avoid.
** 16 may 2008 post