This black comedy is very successful, but there is a chapter that is quite a virguería. In half an hour, not a word is spoken aloud. All communication is gestural or is read on the lips of the protagonists, one of them —the one who marks that episode— deaf and mute. And many things happen that are not heard but seen or sensed. Occur in Only murders in the building, Disney + series that satirises modernity: it seems that all of New York is producing its own podcast, as in other times blogs were written. But it has the scent of a classic, the kind of old Hollywood crime movies, a few drops of Agatha Christie and a lot of Woody Allen.
The chapter that we follow from a deaf-mute character is appropriate because the entire series draws attention to the lack of communication in the hyper-connected society. The protagonists are three lonely people, neighbors in a New York mansion, accidentally united in their quest to solve a crime that occurred there. Two are veterans of the show – in reality and in fiction: none other than Steve Martin and Martin Short – and the other is the young and enigmatic Selena Gomez. A series of suspects will parade, each more shocking and neurotic. The cameos – Tina Fey, Sting – are high-end.
The generational clash in the trio plays (can you call a millennial on the phone?). And the fourth character is the Arconia building (actually Belnord), one of those luxury apartment blocks on the east bank of Central Park that houses the elite of the Big Apple. Everyone goes their own way, no one knows their neighbor’s name or greets them in the elevator, and everyone is under pressure to save their status and allow themselves to live there. One of them is deaf-mute (played by James Caverly), and it’s okay to put ourselves in his shoes for half an hour. These people, by the way, now live more isolated than ever because the masks prevent them from reading lips. Nor is it that others communicate much better.
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