Hallowe’en Party: Filmed as A Haunting in Venice (Poirot)

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Hallowe’en Party: Filmed as A Haunting in Venice (Poirot)

Hallowe’en Party: Filmed as A Haunting in Venice (Poirot)

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Robert Weaver in the Toronto Daily Star of 13 December 1969 wrote " Hallowe'en Party...is a disappointment, but with all her accomplishments Miss Christie can be forgiven some disappointments...Poirot seems weary and so does the book." [6] Phillips, Michael (September 14, 2023). " "A Haunting in Venice" is best of Kenneth Branagh's mysteries so far". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on September 15, 2023 . Retrieved September 15, 2023.

Poor Joyce; thirteen and a bit desperate for attention, she’s become known for telling tales. Perhaps hoping to impress Mrs. Oliver during the preparations for a Halloween party, she claims to have seen a murder. When the Halloween party is over, Joyce is discovered dead, but only Mrs. Oliver connects the earlier boast to the death–the rest of the village is prefers to blame an anonymous unstable person. She calls on dear, aging Hercule. He concurs with her fine instincts and arranges to stay with retired Inspector Spence, coincidentally living in the same village. Hallowe’en Party is set in in the English village of Woodleigh Common, and concerns the disturbing events of a Halloween party. One of the guests, a 13-year-old girl named Joyce Reynolds, seeking attention, tells everyone that she once witnessed a murder, but that she didn’t realize it at the time. None of the guests take her claims seriously, and she storms off in agitation. Later, she’s founded drowned in an apple-bobbing tub. One of the other guests calls in Hercule Poirot to solve the case. Of course it turns out to be more complicated than anyone first guessed, and soon the whole village is drawn into the fray.The book begins slowly, pouring all sorts of irrelevant details and descriptions over us as if Christie hadn’t yet decided in which direction she was going to take the novel and what information would end up being useful. Even when the murder takes place—the murder of a 13-year-old girl at a Hallowe’en party—there isn’t a lot of drama. The thinking is that solving that will reveal who killed Joyce, the problem is that the plot starts introducing way to many characters and gets overly complex and confusing - not least the various plot strands that are left unresolved. No-one would deny that Kenneth Branagh is a talented man and, in the right role, is certainly a fine actor but he's no Olivier and he's certainly no Orson Welles but he seems to have the ego of both. He gave us a fine "Henry V" and then an elephantine, full-length "Hamlet" that almost put me off Shakespeare for life. Now it seems he's put the Bard to bed and decided that he's the best man to take on the mantle of Hercule Poirot but I forgot to mention that he's also no Ustinov, Finney or David Suchet. His first effort in 2017 Murder on the Orient Express also underwhelmed me but did exceedingly well at the box office however his last effort in 2022 Death on the Nile flopped and for me also had nothing of the grandeur or appeal of the original film adaptations.

A Haunting In Venice has essentially three elements to it, and I found the movie to play nicely with them and really give something for a lot of people.James, Caryn (September 9, 2023). " 'A Haunting in Venice' Review: Michelle Yeoh and Tina Fey Join Kenneth Branagh in His Snoozy Agatha Christie Adaptation". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on September 13, 2023 . Retrieved September 15, 2023.

As Branagh has his character down pat. He knows the cues, he knows the personality, and he knows how to deliver the lines with that same mix of comedy and serious tone. This time, there is a little more challenge to the character and I think his direction and acting continue to evolve Hercule past the simple detective stereotypes most know.Fear, David (September 16, 2023). " 'A Haunting in Venice' Will Bore You to Death". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on September 16, 2023 . Retrieved September 16, 2023. Venice is such a terrific setting for a film. I've loved it (and been haunted by it) ever since seeing 1973's 'Don't Look Now'. The final scene in that movie will haunt me until the day I die. Even though 'A Haunting in Venice' is mostly set inside a closed building, Branagh continues to find ways to remind you just how great this setting is throughout the film. Hallowe'en Party is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie and first published in November 1969. Poirot's hallucinations are explained away by honey. But a "medium" swivels in a chair screaming for a full 10 mins and no one seems to want to know why. I believe they accomplished this. Pounding doors, the moaning of the halls, the shrieks of other components... it all works.

Matt Zoller Seitz acclaimed the screenplay, direction and production values and said: "Movies are rarely directed in this style anymore". [23] He added that it was an "empathetic portrayal of the death-haunted mentality of people from Branagh's parents' generation". Seitz and critic Michael Phillips (the Chicago Tribune) named it best of Branagh's Hercule Poirot films. [24] The latter found the cast's acting "pretty crafty". About the performances, Mark Kermode said: " [...] everyone is given a 110 percent but not in a completely scenery chewing fashion, in a way that mixes old-fashioned and newfangled". [25] The novel reflects in many respects its time of publication at the end of the permissive 1960s, but nowhere more so than when a character uses the word "lesbian" in Chapter 15. [8] [9] Hildur Guđnadóttir to Score Kenneth Branagh's 'A Haunting in Venice' ". Film Music Reporter. April 26, 2023. Archived from the original on April 26, 2023 . Retrieved April 28, 2023.

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During preparations for an 'eleven plus' teenage Halloween party, thirteen-year-old Joyce Reynolds brags about once witnessing a murder. Known to be a bit of a fibber liar storyteller, no one believes her, causing her to stomp out and run home.

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