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Adapting a book to a mini-series always presents challenges in keeping true to the author for their fans while also ensuring it works well for today's audiences. I feel that when they adapted And Then There Were None they really captured that well. In this case I feel conflicted.
As I said I enjoyed this book immensely, but having finished the three part mini-series I'm not sure if I liked it or not! I was intrigued with the casting of John Malkovich in the role of Hercule Poirot and I think he makes a surprisingly refreshing change to David Suchet or Peter Ustinov.
The problem for me was that key elements of the story was changed, one of the key players wasn't in the mini-series and two of the other players had totally different roles, in fact I was very surprised by a certain death that occurred.
While watching it the thing that I really didn't find added anything to the mini-series was flashbacks that Poirot was having to his time before arriving in the UK and at the end you see what role he supposedly had before leaving Belgium which is completely at odds with the character Dame Christie created.
If I wasn't as familiar with Hercule Poirot I might not have minded the liberties taken and it may have added something, but I'm not sure. It has left me feeling very conflicted about whether or not to recommend this series.
When it comes to one of the main characters lodgings in London, the series certainly makes them a lot seedier than my imagination created in my mind as I read the book.
I was grateful that they didn't change who the killer was because at one point I thought they were going to make it a different person which would've been insane (in my opinion). I did like the reveal after the murderer was revealed. Instead of the almost iconic Poirot gathering of the characters for his big reveal they went with the power of television to give flashbacks of key scenes.
Do I recommend this series? I really am conflicted so I will just say if you are an Agatha Christie purist absolutely not. If you haven't read the book then I think you might enjoy this. I would be intrigued to know your thoughts if you do decide to check this miniseries out.
If you've not heard of the ABC Murders before then it basically starts with Hercule Poirot getting letters from someone who signs himself ABC ..... and then the murders begin.
The first is Alice Asher in Andover, the second is Betty Barnard in Bexhill, you get the idea. Next to each murder victim a copy of London's ABC (the famous railway guide) is left opened at the appropriate letter. Each destination is one that has a connection with Poirot and the letters are addressed to him almost taunting him to participate in the murderer's 'game'.
The story is set in 1930s London and the backdrop shows the rising fascist movement and anti-immigrants movement which adds to the bleakness that accompanies Poirot's traumatic flashbacks.
|Click here to get the ABC Murders on Prime Video|
Now I watched this on the ABC channel in Australia (which I thought was kind of ironic!), but I could've watched it on Amazon Prime. I do love Amazon Prime and have enjoyed watching shows such as Jack Ryan and Good Omens on there.
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