My friend and I decided to go and see The Oxford Murders tonight, simply because Oxford is in the title, and it’s fun to recognise places on screen… this sophisticated motivation proved worthwhile, since it was about all we got from it!
We did see a lot of Oxford. We chuckled when John Hurt and Elijah Wood emerged from pubs only to appear some 500 metres away, or walked behind a van and be transported to the other side of the city. Similar laughs were provoked by the Life Lessons we learnt along the way (something about being true to ourselves, no doubt) but, amidst all this hokum, there was a fairly fun murder mystery to be solved. Sadly, the first murder did away with the finest actor in the film (neither of those named thus far, fear not).
I’m not a mathematician, but I’d be intrigued to see what The Carbon Copy or Our Vicar thought, should they see it – the central characters were brilliant mathematicians of some variety or other (though fairly inept at solving things I found easy with my A Level) and much of the plot centred around Wittgenstein’s ponderings on logic.
All rather silly, but didn’t Oxford do well?