Sunday, September 10, 2023

A HAUNTING IN VENICE: Kenneth Branagh as Poirot

I have not seen a preview of A Haunting in Venice, so come back for my viewing comments. Personally I think David Suchet's portrayal of Hercule Poirot is the best, but I've enjoyed other actor's performances including Peter Ustinov's. I'm easy. I really enjoy Agatha Christie's books, plays, short stories, and movies. That being said, I did not enjoy the 2022 Death on the Nile with Kenneth Branagh. Not sure if I'm in the minority, but I found the sets off-putting. I think because they were sets and not the real thing. I also recall that the film was slow moving and confusing. Oh well, I'll let you know know what I think after I see A Haunting In Venice. Feel free to post comments about the film.

A HAUNTING IN VENICE, featuring Kenneth Branagh as Agatha Christie's Belgian Detective Hercule Poirot, opens in Theaters on September 15. 

Kenneth Branagh reprises his role in A Haunting in Venice after previously portraying Poirot in the 2022 movie Death on the Nile and 2017's Murder on the Orient Express. The movie is set in post-World War II Venice, where Poirot, now retired and living in his own exile, reluctantly attends a seance at an All Hallows' Eve party. But when one of the guests is murdered, it is up to the former detective to once again uncover the killer. 


HonoluLou said...

As much as I'd really hoped to like Kenneth Branagh in the role as Poirot, I still feel his portrayal a bit forced or exaggerated in the two previous films. Hopefully, this one surpasses my humble expectations.

The Avid Reader said...

Christie in Poirot's name only.
Let's face it - good or bad, it's blatant fanbait and cashgrab.
Branagh is a good director, exellent for 'landscape' porn, and get the most of his actors. He's talented.
So, why does he feel the need to write atmospheric and intriguing plots while using some other well-known and loved protagonist?
Ah yes ... money. An existent fandom, publicity, reduced risk by not introducing a new protagonist, well-known 'name' to publicise, and all criticism - no matter how valid - can be brushed aside by "I KNOW this is what she wanted to say!"