If there was a show about a police detective who had a lie detector in his eye, in order to catch bad guys more easily, would that sound intriguing? It sounds like an old, silly, science fiction show that was big in the 1970s and 1980s, doesn't it? Well, this revolves around the film of "Mindhorn." "Mindhorn" in the movie is about a TV show about a police detective with a lie detector in his eye. He used it to solve crimes. It launched the career of actor Richard Thorncroft, who was beginning a relationship with the show lead actress Patricia Deville. Twenty-five years later, Thorncroft (Julian Barratt) has become a washed-up has-been. Patricia Deville (Essie Davis) has fallen in love with the shows old stunt double and it seems like Thorncroft isn't going anywhere.
Then the Isle of Man, the town in which the Mindhorn show was shot, gets a call. There is a killer on the loose. The killer is demanding to talk to Detective Mindhorn. Not realizing that Detective Mindhorn isn't real. Richard Thorncroft however, is very real and the police department of the Isle of Man calls Thorncroft for him to assist in their case against this killer. Thorncroft may have played a good cop on TV, but he's pretty braindead as a cop.
"Mindhorn" is a charming film. It rides on the strength of its leads. Julian Barratt is absolutely hilarious as Thorncroft. A guy that vanished up his own ass and absolutely knows it. He's funny how he tries to an expert in every situation but really is not. Its a magnificent performance, and it guides the movie well. He is accompanied by a grand list of supporting actors, all of whom do good work. Watch in particular for a cameo made by Kenneth Branagh playing himself. Very funny.
This film has a typical British dry sense of humor. The slapstick in this movie isn't the same style we see in America. The dry sense of humor isn't the type of dry that we see in America. I love British comedy, and that style is very much alive in this movie. While the movie itself works in a fairly straightforward manner, it sure is fun getting from point A to point B.
FINAL GRADE: B