The ABC Murders (2018– )
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All of the characters and their relationships have been changed, n mangled. Everything has been changed except thevtitle.
We watched half of the first episode, to the point where acidic Inspector Crome declares Poirot to be a SUSPECT!
I thought I could watch John Malcovich in anything. Turns out I was wrong.
Gore in. Sadomasochism in. Sexual elements in.
Story altered. Poirot altered. Characters altered.
Nonsense flashback. Dark. Boring.
What else do you want? Long praise David Suchet.
Sarah Phelps has ruined every adaption she has ever laid her hands on. She thinks she can insert violence, racy pasts, left wing fantasies, disgusting sex fetishes and change the killers and characters background, because she knows better than Mrs Christie.
That this deluded woman is given the clear from the Christie estate to completely destroy the stories, says all about where their loyalty is.
I am fully aware that books can not transform into tv without a bit of change. Tv is a visual media, and some changes must be done. But ruining every single dialog, story, solution and character, by replacing Christie's fantastic stories with revolting scenery is not the way to do it.
How can you call it an adaptation when a major character Captain Hastings is just cut out completely? Oh and Inspector Japp dies of a heart attack which never happens in the book because he leads the investigation. Rupert Grints character is really a minor character suddenly given centre stage. Then we have the ridiculous scene of a search warrant against Poirot's house!
The BBC should from now on warm viewers all future adaptations have nothing to do with Christie's work apart from their titles and are attempts to attract Millennials in as viewers.
At kleast here in the UK, TV productions of Christie mysteries - whether MIss Marple or Poirot are deviating widely from the novels since the Christie family sold their rights to America.
Just a few of the failings of this production :-
No Inspector Japp - conveniently killed off in the first part of episode 1
No Captain Hastings at all
Severe doubts expressed by Scotland Yard as to whether Poirot had even been in the Belgian police - despite this beinmg made clear many times in the novels - he was, at one time, HEAD of the Belgian police
The mad suggestion that Poirot had oonce been a Catholic priest - he's certainly Catholic but there's no suggestiion anywhere that he had ever been a priest
A FIFTH murder ?
Since when does any true adaptation of a Christie story reqiuire warnings about 'adult themes' ? There were some apparently sadomasochistic scenes.
I, unwisely, watches all three episodes - and wished that I hadnt't. Thankfully, a few days later, I was able to enjoy the excellent Suchet version of The ABC Murders on UK TV.
Malcovich is himself with a funny voice. The three hour long episodes are slow and empty. All the characters mumble incoherently through their lines, requiring the use of subtitles. The story isn't a story at all... just a long drawn out single act of revenge. The achingly painful sound effects and appallingly inappropriate music serve only to confuse and annoy.
A forgettable steaming pile of poo!
I am totally fine with the fact that an adaptation will inevitably not be completely true to the original but this was taking it too far. Not only did they change aspects of the mystery (the story surrounding Cust's fellow residents) but they also erased Japp and Hastings from the storyline. And worse than this- Poirot's personality and background were completely fabricated - why do this?
If they writers wanted something new and original, why not write something new and original rather than piggybacking on the back of Agatha Christie's popularity and ruining a classic?
Poirot is made in another image than Christie created. Not a former police officer, unhappy, disillusioned with his faith, no friends, a pariah in the police force, and a witness to a horrific war crime. It is almost like the purpose of the mini-series was to suck all the life, humanity, and optimism from any of her original writing.
Also, the so-called back story for Poirot is completely unnecessary and in bad taste. What's that?! Is it Dame Agatha spinning in her grave?
Welcome to "The ABC Murders", which provides the viewer with enough doom and gloom to last him a lifetime.
This is not what Mrs. Christie intended : her novel contains darkness, yes, but not to the point where one meets a pauper, a prostitute, an unnatural mother, a proto-Fascist agitator or an evil-minded journalist on every page. But then, this is the kind of adaptation which cares very little for the original tone and nature of the source novel.
By way of Exhibit A I show you the character of Hercule Poirot, which has become nearly unrecognisable. Poirot is given a tragic life history of the kind which would stun even the most sunny or heroic of souls. Gone is the self-confident, brilliant, though sometimes slightly ridiculous detective with the little grey cells. We now get an innocent man scarred for life by wartime inhumanity and cruelty ; an innocent man, too, who has been pushed into a career of deceit, contradiction and subterfuge. Yes, that's our little Hercule there !
I'm still throwing the series some stars because, in some regards, it is well-crafted : the costumes, for instance, are excellent. There are also fine performances to enjoy, although one gets the impression that the actors (and especially Mr. Malkovich, who is riveting) are seriously wasted on this kind of misbegotten material.