See How They Run (2022)


See How They Run (2022) is a delightful little British murder mystery that was recently released on HBO Max, starring Sam Rockwell and Saoirse Ronan in a classic Agatha Christie caper. Directed by newcomer Tom George, it has strong Wes Anderson overtones, which, if you like Wes Anderson, is not at all a bad thing. I like Wes Anderson and am always stymied by his films because he sets them in a pseudo-historical world with no fixed historical timeline, so I can’t really talk about them on this blog. See How They Run saves me from that problem by being firmly set in 1953, incorporating real historical figures like the actor Richard Attenborough. Agatha Christie (played by Shirley Henderson) even makes an appearance. The adherence to historical accuracy is pretty strict insofar as the costumes and sets go, but considerable liberties are taken with the historical characters (an irony that won’t escape our readers when one of the characters tries to placate another by stating that factual events need to be treated with respect and not just twisted for entertainment purposes).

The suspects include famous actors, producers, directors, and their associates.

The costumes were designed by Odile Dicks-Mireaux (most recently of Last Night in Soho fame) and reflect the wide variety of fashionable silhouettes emerging in a post-World War II world. There are full skirts side-by-side with fitted pencil skirts and smartly tailored jackets on the women. Most of the men wear suits, either tuxedos or business suits, but subtle changes in fit or styling convey loads of information about the characters’ place in society.

Sam Rockwell plays Inspector Stoppard, and Saoirse Ronan plays his partner, Constable Stalker. They are assigned to investigate a mysterious death on the set of the Agatha Christie play, The Mousetrap.


Adrien Brody plays Leo Köpernick, a sleazy American director who is trying to secure directing rights to The Mousetrap. He’s seen here cozying up to Richard Attenborough’s wife, Sheila Sim, played by Pearl Chanda.


Ruth Wilson portrays Petula Spencer, the play’s producer and the one who has the most fabulous wardrobe in the film, as far as I’m concerned.


Producer John Woolf, who owns the rights to The Mousetrap, is the subject of blackmail for his affair with Ann Saville (Pippa Bennett-Warner).


Things start to come to a head with all the suspects being lured to Agatha Christie’s home, ostensibly for a dinner party. But who is truly responsible for the murder?



Have you seen See How They Run (2022)? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!


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Sarah Lorraine

Sarah has an undergraduate degree in Clothing & Textile Design and a Master's in Art History and Visual Culture, with an emphasis on fashion history. When she’s not caught in paralyzing existential dread, she's drinking craft cocktails and writing about historical costume in film and television. She's been pissing people off on the internet since 1995.

7 Responses

  1. MrsC (Maryanne)

    It has cinema release here in NZ and it was awesome to see it on a bigger screen. I LOVED the heck out of this movie! So clever, so many easter eggs for Christie fans. so smart. Also loving that the costuming was credibly British, not heightened Hollywood. Britain was still a pretty grim place in ’53. A few concessions like WPC Stalker having her hair down and that ridiculous cake, but it felt right. 100% recommend and will watch again!

    • Byzant

      It was a lovely cosy light watch. Well worth few hours and Ruth Wilson costumes were so beautiful If I had the money I’d dress exactly like that

  2. emilyctopham

    Description of Christie-meets-Anderson is spot on! Bright & fun without being too splashy, surprising depth to the characterizations of our main sleuths; a fun Sunday watch at my local arthouse theater!

  3. Adele

    This film started well but ran out of steam about half way through. I think the attempt to make a film about a play about a book etc was trying too hard and fell flat, and bringing Christie in to inadvertently poison her own butler jumped the shark for us. Fun for the first half though.

  4. Karen K.

    I really wanted to like this as I love murder mysteries, period pieces, and Agatha Christie! I don’t know of it was the editing or the pacing but the first half just felt off to me, it seemed to drag. The second half was better. I wonder if I am being to hard on it by comparing it to Knives Out which was so brilliantly done.


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