8 November 2019 | bensonmum2
Not what I was looking for
The basic plot in Bees Make Honey is fairly routine - Honey (Alice Eve) is convinced that her husband was murdered at last year's Halloween party. To find the killer, she invites the exact same guests to this year's party. But she also invites a police detective to help her unmask a murderer.
It's not that I disliked Bees Make Honey, but it could have been so much better. My biggest issue was the lack of focus. I'm a sucker for a good mystery. But too often, director Jack Eve seemed to turn his attention to anything but the mystery. Give me clues, suspects, motives, etc. - that's what I want. I suppose that what it boils down to is that I wanted a different movie, one with a good old fashioned, drawing room style mystery. Instead, what a I got was a mystery buried under kitchy characters, crazy musical interludes, and bizarre scenes that seem to exist only to be bizarre (a Nazi doing line after line of coke, for example).
I will give Eve credit for ambition. Just a few minutes in and it's easy to see Eve and Bees Make Honey have style to burn. And the movie looks fantastic. Costuming, sets, and lighting are all amazing. Being set during a Halloween party helps create the fantastic imagery. And I was impressed with Eve's sister, Alice Eve, in the lead. She brought real life and energy to Honey. It's too bad her main co-star, Wilf Scolding, couldn't keep up.