Tuesday, February 26, 2019

The Real Detective Poirot

Agatha Christie’s famed Inspector Hercule Poirot has become one of the great literary characters of the murder mystery genre. He’s also been in recent films and TV a lot as well. Sometimes for better, sometimes for worse.

I enjoyed Kenneth Branagh's version of Poirot in Murder on the Orient Express, and look forward to the next installment, which is set to begin filming very soon.

A French version of Agatha Christie’s murders has been out for a few years now on TV. While it recycles the same plots, it uses completely new characters (no Poirot, what?). The show actually isn’t too bad, but it is strange to see Poirot mysteries without Poirot in them.

The newest TV version of Malkovich’s Poirot is really the only one I cannot get behind. It’s just not done right. The feeling, the details, are all very wrong. Sorry, Mal.

Of course, the greatest televised version of Poirot, however, remains and ever will be, the incomparable David Suchet. This guy becomes Poirot on-screen, and even Christie’s living ancestors claim they think Suchet’s portrayal is the closest to what Christie herself would’ve envisioned for the famed, fictional Belgian detective.

Case closed. So what’s your favorite portrayal of Poirot?


17 comments:

  1. I saw the movie and enjoyed it. Sadly, I've never read any of the books, and I don't watch mysteries that often on TV. I'm not sure why, I enjoy them.

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  2. The David Suchet television versions are spectacular. The book vary, but I like the short stories best:)

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  3. Now that I think of it, I don't think I've seen any of Christie's Poirot. I'm not sure why because I enjoy mysteries.

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    1. Wah? Oh, you must. The books are good, but I like some of the TV versions even better:)

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  4. Not a huge fan but I really enjoyed the Kenneth Branagh version.

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  5. Hi Mark - I loved David Suchet as Poirot ... and am happy to watch the others ... wonderful social portrayals - cheers Hilary

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    1. Yeah, it's just so great to continue enjoying Christie's work in so many new ways:)

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  6. Poirot mysteries without Poirot? That sounds strange, indeed!

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    1. Yeah, it wasn't bad, but it wasn't the same either.

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  7. I can't imagine another Poirot than the one David Suchet created.

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