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Kenneth Branagh apparently finally made a good Poirot film with A Haunting in Venice

Spooky fun, no cannibals.

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by Anonymousreply 17September 24, 2023 2:57 AM

Saying it's his best Poirot film yet is not saying much after Death on the Nile and Murder on the Orient Express

by Anonymousreply 1September 10, 2023 2:14 AM

That’s not even an Agatha Christie story.

by Anonymousreply 2September 10, 2023 2:47 AM

It’s Hallo’ween Party.

by Anonymousreply 3September 10, 2023 2:53 AM

All that and only a “B” grade? Ghost story? Canted camera angles? Jump scares?

Clearly the critic never read a Christie mystery, let alone this one. The original story concerns a children’s halloween party in an English country village at which a child is murdered. The plot has obviously been completely revamped.

I get that the Christie estate wants to be free-handed about artistic license, but this is ridiculous. See David Suchet do a faithful version of the book in “Poirot” on Brit Box and save your money.

by Anonymousreply 4September 10, 2023 4:16 AM

Agreed, R4. I'll stick with David Suchet. I think he is the definitive Poirot.

by Anonymousreply 5September 10, 2023 6:44 AM

His Poirot SUCKS! And only he would have the ego to rewrite Christie.

by Anonymousreply 6September 12, 2023 8:56 PM

Has Kenneth Branagh ever made a great movie? He seems to coast on goodwill left over from the 90s and 'Thor.'

by Anonymousreply 7September 12, 2023 9:08 PM

Fuck Branagh and the Christie estate for selling made-up pastiches and calling them Poirot.

Plus Branagh is completely wrong for the character.

As he has been for every character he's every played except the grifter in Harry Potter.

by Anonymousreply 8September 12, 2023 9:34 PM

Belfast was a multiple Oscar nominee including Best Picture, Original Screenplay and Direction and a very good film.

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by Anonymousreply 9September 13, 2023 5:12 AM

SUCKED. It has the problem of so many "serious" movies nowadays-- it's not fun at all. Just because a movie is for adults doesn't mean it can't be kind of playful. See: Ustinov's Poirot.

by Anonymousreply 10September 18, 2023 10:16 PM

I preferred Death on the Nile to this one. Neither mystery was compelling (the culprits of both films were pretty obvious), so the camp value of DotN was its saving grace.

by Anonymousreply 11September 18, 2023 10:24 PM

This one didn’t seem to do well at the box office and if it’s target audience of datalounge eldergays didn’t show up….

by Anonymousreply 12September 18, 2023 10:27 PM

Branagh's version of Death On the Nile was such a piece of shit. If you haven't seen it, spare yourself the agony.

by Anonymousreply 13September 18, 2023 11:05 PM

I so had high hopes for this one due to its “is it or isnt it?” supernatural angle.

Two queens I trust saw it and said it was like watching paint peel.

by Anonymousreply 14September 18, 2023 11:10 PM

I just watched it and, well, it’s really terrible. I frankly don’t understand why is this associated with AgathA christoe because although based on Halloween party, except for the Halloween motif and the names of some characters, it has retained nothing from the story. Anyone who is a fan of AC will be disgusted and anyone wanting to see a ghost story will be disappointed- unless they like some very basic scares, moslty mde from predictable camera angles. As usual, Branagh make it all about Poirot, and wether he is seeing ghosts or not. The murder plot and the other characters take a back seat (has done in the other two movies). Only since the plot in this one is so terrible (they couldn’t even retain the more clever aspects of the novel, which actually has some horrible moments), the movie becomes very boring. Performance wise there is a lot of scenery chewing (Michelle Yoh in a tie with a child actor) but frankly I understand this as the only way to not be completely obscured by Branagh.

I don’t understand the positive reviews on this. I was both bored and irritated at the same time.

by Anonymousreply 15September 22, 2023 9:59 PM

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