Whodunnit’s hilarious series ‘The Afterparty’ is Apple TV+’s must-see new murder mystery
The settings vary and the motley crew of characters involved also, but many thrillers share the same premise. Take a motley group of people, put them all in one place, kill one, then start asking questions – that’s it, that’s the formula. It works for board game Cluedoit worked for Agatha Christie and her long list of Hercule Poirot novels and stories, and it was also the root of everything from Knives out and The translators at Only murders in the building during the last years. So when Apple TV+’s new Murder Mysteries series the after party kicks in, it’s familiar by design, but this streaming bash is just getting started.
Add a new comic detective series to your queue and fill it Only murders-shaped like a hole in your life, this eight-part show sports a killer cast: Sam Richardson (Detroiters), Ben Schwartz (space force), Zoe Chao (Love life), Ilana Glazer (vast city), Ike Barinholtz (The Mindy Project), Dave Franco (If Beale Street Could Talk), Tiffany Haddish (The card counter), Jamie Demetriou (Great) and John Early (Research group). It’s also home to a sensible version of his oft-used storyline. Rather than muddying true-crime podcasting, this quickly addictive comedy from writer/director Christopher Miller (The Lego Movie) toys with a fundamental truth. We all know that every story differs depending on the perspective, so the after party have fun with the idea.
Of course, thrillers always depend on this exact fact, as numerous interrogation scenes have demonstrated. Miller also clearly saw an iconic Japanese film Rashomon, which is famous for embedding the notion throughout its history. And, considering that the after partyThe Big Murder takes place after a school party, there’s a touch of big little lies in play here too. That said, with his directing partner Phil Lord, Miller has made a career out of getting smart and funny with familiar roles (see also: 21 jump street and 22 jump streetmore Cloudy with a chance of meatballs). This is still the case with his latest adventure on television, having written for how I Met Your Motherleading the pilot Brooklyn nine-nine and executive production The last man on earth.
the after partyThe setup: At the afterparty (obviously) after his 15-year high school reunion, obnoxious autotune-abusing pop star Xavier (Franco) finds himself dead on the rocks beneath his lavish mansion. Everyone is shocked but no one is too upset, which gives determined Detective Danner (Haddish) plenty of suspects. With her partner Culp (Early), she begins grilling Xavier’s former classmates one by one to find out who is responsible, with most episodes of the series being dedicated to a different person. The interrogations begin with the sensible Aniq (the ever-great Richardson), who was hoping to finally get her schoolyard crush Zoe (Chao) to move, only to have her night hijacked long before someone turned murderous.
After Aniq’s version of events, Danner hears about Zoe’s macho ex Brett (Barinholtz) in the after partyThe second installment of, which takes the series further into the couple’s seemingly chalk-and-cheese – and now well-finished – marriage. Next is Aniq’s best mate, Yasper (Schwartz, riffing on Parks and recreation‘s Jean-Ralphio without being as ridiculous) and his dreams of leveraging his connection with Xavier, with whom he was in a ska band, to launch his own musical career. The fourth episode focuses on Chelsea (Glazer), who has been the class outcast since a high school scandal. And, in the fifth, those teenage days get their time in the spotlight.
Miller doesn’t just switch perspectives episode by episode, or give most of his well-known cast their moments of glory – a task that Richardson, Barinholtz, Schwartz and Glazer are all doing, and Chao and Haddish in the series’ sixth and seventh episodes as well. It also stylizes each of the after partyThe chapters after a different genre, so the show filters its crime comedy through rom-com tropes, action-movie conventions, and musical flourishes (yes, that’s Schwartz musical high school-esque tune-up episode). Psychological thrillers are also making an appearance, as are teen party movies. The list continues. Mysteries have long toyed with other genres, but Miller’s addition to the fold layers them all together like a murderous, mysterious onion.
The cast is top notch. The writing is clever. Surprises arrive frequently, and the throwaway gags — including jokes about Xavier’s film career, cameos from other famous faces, and gorgeous ’80s yacht-rock references included — are simply glorious. If Apple TV+ wasn’t dropping episodes every week after the show’s initial three-chapter launch, the after party would be an easy binge, although following the route from week to week prolongs the fun. There’s also a good time to pass with the series’ genre and point-of-view touches, which help the show twist in its own directions, tell its story brilliantly, and address all of its premise. with a wise sense of humor.
Bringing its own vibe to the murder mystery party, it’s a streaming party well worth attending.
Check out the trailer below:
The first five episodes of The Afterparty are available to stream via Apple TV+, with new installments weekly.
Posted on February 11, 2022 by