Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Forgotten Movies: AFTER THE FUNERAL (Agatha Christie Hercule Poirot episode)/FIVE LITTLE PIGS
Okay, this was one of the better Christie's I've seen. It was smoothly done, well-acted, great period detail. I couldn't begin to guess the murderer until it was nearly over. And yet, for me, it suffered from the same problems many of the Christie's suffer from. There are simply too many characters to sort through and few are developed well. Every character gets to do a walk and talk with Poirot. And in the end, we spend fifteen minutes hearing him put it together.
I am not sure that the world Christie created ever existed. As a teenager reading her, it certainly was not a world I knew at all: people dressing for dinner, filling a country house with family and friends, elegant cars pulling up a long driveway, servants listening at doors,a murderous lower middle-class woman taking her revenge. (That seemed to happen quite often).
So although I am not so much an admirer of the whodunit plot she insisted on, I am an admirer of what Christie achieved. How she either created or captured a world I never knew. And these BBC productions, with their excellent casts, sets, and direction capture it a second time. And David Suchet will always be Poirot for a generation or two. He gets is so right.
Here is an article in the Irish Times with many crime fiction writers talking about Agatha if you haven't seen it.
WAIT A MINUTE:
Okay, the next night we watched FIVE LITTLE PIGS, which I thought quite brilliant. There were many fewer characters and they were well developed indeed. Although we have the denouement at the end there is a final twist that is clever and makes perfect sense. I would rate this as the best Christie I have seen so far.
WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE
Watched the ABC MURDERS, which was also awfully good. I have done Christie an injustice by remembering her novels as too much one thing. Close to as good as FIVE LITTLE PIGS.
Also we knew we had first read the name Megan in an Agatha Christie novel. This was it.