Confess, Fletch: Another Review

Irwin M. ‘Fletch’ Fletcher (Jon Hamm) is a former investigative journalist who has decided to step away from the business due to print media not being what it used to be. However, certain skills come in handy when Fletch comes down his stairs in his apartment and finds a dead body.

Hauled in by the police, Fletch becomes the prime suspect and Detective Monroe (Roy Wood Jr.) is determined to find out the truth. The trouble is that Fletch is not that forthcoming with the truth, perhaps a skill he picked up while being a journalist, but there’s one thing he can do. He can prove his innocence.

Confess, Fletch is a crime comedy which revives perhaps Chevy Chase’s most well known and adored character outside of Clark Griswold. Known for his quick thinking and penchant for disguises, Fletch had a couple of outings during the Eighties and his comeback has been in development hell ever since Fletch Lives, the far less successful sequel at the tale end of the decade.

However, now comes the time and Hamm seems perfectly cast as Fletch because of his good looks, comedy timing and onscreen charm. Played as if the audience is completely unaware of Fletch’s legacy, Confess, Fletch is a simple detective story. There’s the set up and the suspects and the eventual pay off and all seems not so bad. Although for those familiar with arguably Chevy Chase’s greatest character then there are some distracting differences.

Apart from being played by Jon Hamm who seems like he could play this part in his sleep, the Italian setting is explained, but is a little jarring for an all-American character. Secondly, despite Hamm’s previous work in comedy and being able to take on different characters, gone are the disguises which made the character so famous in place of a baseball cap which Fletch loves so fondly.

This leaves the rest of the cast to pick up the slack and thankfully with cameos from Marcia Gay Harden, Kyle MacLachlan and John Slattery it helps to move things along.

Unfortunately, despite the triumphant comeback of a once loved character, it feels more like a Sunday afternoon detective story rather than a full-blown comedy thriller like the original. Everything is wrapped up far too easily and sadly Hamm’s Fletch breezes in and out of it all with very little impact.

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