The Spoils Before Dying is IFC’s follow-up to their star-studded miniseries The Spoils of Babylon. The first one was a send-up of the event miniseries of the 70s and 80s, while this one is more of a film noir thing (with some French New Wave), which fictional writer/director Eric Jonrosh describes as “post-post-modern French neo-fake-ism.”
Will Ferrell returns as Jonrosh, who does an intro and outro before each episode . Michael K. Williams is a jazz musician who goes on a bender and wakes up with no memory of the night before, and accused of murdering his girlfriend, Maya Rudolph. Haley Joel Osment, Berenice Marlohe, Tim Meadows, Emily Ratajowski, Michael Sheen, Val Kilmer, Kate McKinnon, Molly Shannon, Tim Robbins, Ted Levine, and Chris Parnell also appear, and Peter Coyote voices a cat.
It’s… ok. The opening credits were the best part, but it’s only 3 hours so I’m going to finish it off.