Hello, everybody! Welcome back to my blog! I have been keeping busy with my school work but have found time out of my schedule to finally post something. So, I was on the internet the other day trying to find out when the show 911 comes back on (it’s March, 18 if any of you watch it) and I found out that Amazon has done a miniseries on Agatha Christie’s book the ABC Murders. I. Was. Shook! Now to be honest, I wasn’t sure how the show was going to drag out a murder mystery and the show ended being three episodes long. Again, to be honest, I didn’t really see a point to making this whole production but that didn’t stop me from immediately heading to Amazon and watching.
Let me give you guys a little background on the book itself. There is a killer out in England who is murdering people alphabetically; Alice Asher in Andover, Betty Bernard in Bexhill and so on. And who better to solve the case than famed detective Hercule Poirot?
Like a lot of Christie’s books, the big reveal you do not see coming. AT. ALL! The show of course was a bit different. First off John Malkovich plays Hercule Poirot. This was unexpected. As unexpected as Rupert Grint playing the new man of Scotland Yard, Inspector Crome. As I got into the series, however, I rather enjoyed seeing them work together. I think it worked well because of the age difference between not only the actors themselves but their characters. Poirot is an older man now who’s not really needed anymore, while Inspector Crome is a young individual trying to make a name for himself. So seeing that dynamic being Malkovich and Grint made the series all the more entertaining. There is this one actor in the series who I am not familiar with; Eamon Farren. He is an Australian actor who has done quite a big of work but he played his role in the ABC Murders so well! I honestly wish to see more of him.
The series was different from the book in that, Poirot is a washed up has-been who’s services are no longer required. With that being the case, he doesn’t have his sidekick, Hastings, and his good friend Inspector Japp (Crome’s predecessor) has retired. Because the series was so short I think they made the right call not having Hastings present because there was no point. I also think that having Poirot as an older gentleman gave the audience a chance to see how he deals with the fact that he’s not as famous as he once was and having to deal with some personal issues that was revealed in the show and not in the book. Poirot’s background was that he use to work for the police department before he went solo. In the series, his backstory was switched up a bit to reveal why he does what he does and why he takes his job so seriously and I loved this new backstory.
As I said before, I don’t think there was a point to making this production since it was so short but I loved it. The dynamics between the actors were great, the filming itself was great and it was nice to see both Malkovich and Grint in roles that you wouldn’t necessarily think they would take on.
Overall, I give the show a 5/5.
Until next time!