Movie review and ending, explained
Confess, Fletch (2022), revision and ending, explained: Greg Mottola’s revival of Fletch ends fans’ decades-long wait with an experience that can only be considered an entertaining disappointment. There’s been a lot of talk about a new movie starring the ever-lovely Irwin Fletcher since Chevy Chase’s Fletch movie series of the ’80s. While some even came close to starting production, the wait only ended. after 33 years, with Jon Hamm as Fletch. And sadly enough, even with an actor who has proven his talents time and time again, “Confess, Fletch” is nothing more than a comedy that would elicit dry laughs while falling flat with its murder mystery.
Based on the 1976 novel by Gregory McDonald, this feature film follows Fletch as he tries to find stolen artifacts while trying to prove his innocence in a murder investigation. Mottola’s endeavor results in a somewhat funny film that is at no point suspenseful. While that makes Fletcher reasonably likable, it falls far short of giving the beloved pop culture character the flair he deserves.
Confess, Fletch: Movie Synopsis
Stuck in Boston after discovering the corpse of Laurel (Caitlin Zerra Rose) in the luxurious townhouse where he is staying, investigative reporter Irwin M Fletcher (Jon Hamm) finds himself up to his neck in the murder investigation and that too as the prime suspect. He stayed at the townhouse of art broker Owen (John Behlmann) that his wealthy Italian girlfriend Angela de Grassi (Lorenza Izzo) claims to have found on a website. Fletch has come to Boston to find the nine paintings stolen from Angela’s father, the Earl (Robert Picardo), who is now kidnapped.
When Detective Monroe (Roy Wood Jr) and his trainee assistant Griz (Ayden Mayeri) arrive at the crime scene, they immediately become suspicious of Fletch’s underhanded responses and consider him the prime suspect in the murder. Fletch, with his secret mission to find the stolen paintings, becomes involved in solving the murder mystery not only to clear his name but also because of his human instincts.
Fletch digs into the odd art dealer Horan (Kyle MacLachlan), who Fletch believes stole the paintings and has already sold two. Horan and Fletch’s encounter, consisting of Horan’s extreme germaphobia in all his glory and his rather peculiar love of EDM, leads Fletch to discover the location of his boat where he keeps the paintings. Although his first attempt to retrieve the paintings fails, Fletch isn’t one to give up.
In his mad quest to uncover Laurel’s killer, Fletch encounters a number of strange people, starting with Owen’s neighbor Eve (Annie Mumolo), who obviously has a thing for spilling secrets right after she says that she never would. From this strange encounter, Fletch learns about Owen’s drug problems, his past criminal activities, and his divorce from Tatiana (Lucy Punch). He seeks out his former boss and editor, Frank (John Slattery), and tries to convince him to find the police report on Owen’s crime. He also impersonates Frank and meets Tatiana in hopes of finding out if she or Owen might have something to do with the murder. That same night, Owen breaks into his own house in town trying to steal drugs and ends up attacking Fletch.
While dealing with the Earl’s wife (Marcia Gay Harden) in town and kept throwing herself at him, Fletch manages to acquire the paintings from Horan’s boat by causing a ruckus with fireworks. He discovers that Owen is, in fact, an old friend of Angela’s, and now he’s not above suspecting his own girlfriend of murder. Caught up in the investigation as an even more suspect after Monroe finds the footage of a man who looks like Fletch walking with Laurel, Fletch ends up being arrested. Angela bails him out. All of the unhinged personalities then take part in a gathering that was supposed to be just a casual dinner but turns into a jumble of conflict as everyone’s secrets seem to spill out.
Confess, Fletch: Film Review
Molotta’s Fletch is too flaky and lacks the charm that is usually one of its most endearing qualities. Despite Hamm’s best efforts, Fletch seems to leave a slightly offbeat and sometimes even annoying aftertaste whenever he’s center stage. His comedic chemistry only seems to work with two other characters, Griz and Angela. Still, it was undeniably exciting to see Hamm onscreen with his Mad Men co-star John Slattery. Maybe more of their repartee would have given the film the spirit it needed. Every other understated character and their involvement in any type of interaction revolves around their own personal, often singular, quirkiness that most often fails to induce a laugh or a lasting effect. While some scenes would get laughs, the comedy is generally too clownish to be hilarious.
The writing also seems quite lazy when it comes to the mystery aspect. There’s hardly any effort to cause any sort of confusion that would distract from the possible murderer, and it was a dead giveaway from the start. Trying to establish the other characters Fletch was keeping tabs on as legitimate suspects also didn’t work due to the lack of a strong motive for any of them. As the ever so predictable climax occurs, we wonder, “Where was the mystery?”
Confess, Fletch: Explanation of the ending
At first, Fletch is almost certain that Owen is most likely the killer. While he can’t establish a legitimate motive, perhaps the lack of any other clues and, in turn, his wounded ego draws his attention to Owen time and time again. However, the images of the man with whom he shares a physical similarity begin to unnerve him. All he knows is that the murder must be linked to an art theft.
After the miserable dinner, Fletch follows Angela and is shocked and intrigued to find her with Horan. He was unaware of any connection between the two. He follows them to Horan’s boat, overhears their heated argument, and is certain that Angela is the murderer as she was the one who stole the paintings. As he tries to record their conversation, his phone drops and Angela finds him. He is taken inside the boat, and after finding out that Horan is Angela’s ex and teacher, he frames Angela for the murder.
Much to their shock, Horan pulls a gun on them and reveals that he was actually the one who murdered Laurel in order to frame Fletch and get him out of the picture. Both of their lives are saved when Griz shoots Horan and kills him. Ultimately, Griz and Monroe figured out Horan was the killer from the footage itself. In the footage, the man was seen pulling his arm away when Lauren’s hand touched it. They connected the dots and came to the conclusion that it was actually germaphobic Horan.
It is also revealed that the Earl was in hiding, and Fletch has been aware of this all along. He pretended to be kidnapped in order to find the paintings and also to find out if his wife really loved him. The Earl wants to get rid of the paintings and Fletch owns them now. Out of the health of his heart, Fletch donates the paintings to people he cares about. He keeps “Olga” and sends the rest of the paintings to the Countess, the artists who painted the van he moved the paintings with, Laurel’s boyfriend and Frank. Fletch is seen relaxing in his boat when he receives a call from Frank and rejects the offer to investigate a case. It’s quite the antithesis of the usual detective-esque behavior when the protagonist ends the movie by retiring instead of starting it by reluctantly stepping out.
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Cast: Jon Hamm, Lorenza Izzo, Lucy Punch, Marcia Gay Harden, Lucy Punch