Agatha Christie’s Poirot series, Part two
Continuing on my latest craze on the Poirot series starring David Suchet and Hugh Fraser, I decided to watch some of the lesser-known titles in the series, some of them which have never been published before. Here is a review on another three titles I have watched recently:
1. The King of Clubs
Season 1, Episode 9. Original air date: 12 March 1989.
Essentially, this movie is just a very short one with a very simple plot. A tyrannical movie studio director was found dead with a blow to the back of his head, in a room within his house where he was supposed to have a late night meeting with a beautiful young actress, Valerie St. Clair. Upon seeing his body, Valerie runs to the neighbours next door, who happen to be playing a game of bridge. However, all is not as they seem as Hercule Poirot is called to solve the case and prevent a major scandal from leaking. The title comes from the one card missing from the deck used by the bridge players. Overall, not a bad performance by Suchet and the others, but the simple plot and solution may be a turn-off for some fans. We expect a lot of cold murderers in Christie’s stories!
My rating: 3.0/5.0
2. The Dream
Season 1, Episode 10. Original air date: 19 March 1989.
The movie opens with an advertisement of the infamous Farley’s meat pies, much to my amusement. Benedict Farley, one of the richest businessmen in England who makes world-class British meat pies, sends a letter to Poirot asking for a consultation, but the meeting itself was bizarre; Farley describes having the same dream night after night where he takes out a revolver from a drawer and shoots himself to death. Concerned that someone may be manipulating him psychologically, he asks Poirot for advice; on the very next day Farley was found dead in the exact same circumstances as described in the dream. It may seem like a closed-room murder or even suicide to the police, but can Poirot solve this case in time to prevent the murderer(s) from escaping with Farley’s millions? Or can the motive be somewhat more than just money? Not one of my favourites either; but if you are looking for something short and light, this may be good for you.
My rating: 3.0/5.0
3. The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb
Season 5, Episode 1. Original air date: 17 January 1993
The fifth season of the Poirot series opens with a trip to Egypt, where a group of archaelogists on an expedition discovers an ancient Egyptian tomb which had been sealed for 3000 years. According to the local beliefs, those who desecrate the ground will be forever cursed by the Pharaoh. When members of the expedition starts dying one by one, seemingly from natural causes, Poirot is brought in to solve the mysteries. Is this truly the work of an ancient curse, or is there a simpler motive behind these deaths? The only complaint I can find in this title is that it was way too easy to discover the murderer! After going through half of the movie, it becomes apparent who has the biggest opportunity to commit these crimes. However, the motive will only be revealed towards the end of the story. Recommended if you are looking for a good Christie short story; personally I like the Egyptian settings very much.
My rating: 4.0/5.0
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