For those few, who may not know their Agatha Christie works, the great lady of detective stories had two major series based upon two disparate characters, the extrararodinary Hercule Poirot, most recently experienced in Kenneth Branagh’s latest incarnation of the classic Murder on the Orient Express, and the wonderfully beloved, Miss Marple.
Her works go back to 1920, with the initial Poirot novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, and continued unabated to 1976, with her final Miss Marple tome, Sleeping Murder.
Crooked House, which features neither of her most famous characters, is a quality tale on its own, involving a possible murder at a magnificent old estate, Scotland Yard, and a plethora of characters that bring that estate to life.
The film, directed by Giles Paquet-Brenner, brings together a wonderful cast and great location work, creating a work that while interesting, seems, at least to me, to be missing a soul at its center.
The new Blu-ray from Sony gives us pristine entree to this wonderful Christie work, and enables those who prefer not to read, to experience the work, but with little excitement during that experience.
This is a very pretty film, that simply “is.”
For those that wish a modern take on the wonders of Miss Christie’s work, best to pick up the forthcoming 4k of Orient Express.
Image – 5
Audio – 5 (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
Pass / Fail – Pass