Friday, September 15, 2023

I Wanna Be Haunted

Color me shocked -- I did not go into Kenneth Branagh's A Haunting in Venice expecting to walk out of it satisfied, as that hasn't happened with any of his previous Hercule Poirot movies. But (mostly) satisfied I was -- click over to Pajiba to read my review. I actually summon up the name Vincent Price and I am not using his eminence as a cudgel to bruise either! This is easily the best of Branagh's three Poirot movies, and it's not even close. Below is the trailer -- this is in theaters right now!


mmmark said...

I’ve recently watched the entire Poirot series with David Suchet, so the story this movie is based on is fresh in my mind. I guess, Branagh has taken such an extreme twisting of this story, into something completely unrecognizable, that he should be able to avoid comparisons. The other two films were mistakes to try updating since they had well done takes already. I’ll see this on the VOD.

ferretrick said...

Have you read the book? Because the trailer does not look in any way like the book. Does it have any connection at all? I liked both of Branagh's previous takes on a Poirot story, but if you are going to change the title and write a completely different story, why even call it that?

Shane said...

I thought it was quite good. I was "meh" about Murder on the Orient Express, and had outright disdain for Death on the Nile, but this was a very pleasant surprise. The only thing that got on my nerves about this one was the overuse of fish-eye lenses for a lot of shots. It was an odd stylistic choice that was kind of a head-scratcher for me.