Ever since “giving in” to the pressure and finally watching the ITV adaptations of Marple, I’ve been an Agatha Christie fan. The lighthearted mysteries with a grandmotherly type sluether are as fun as it can be poignant. Eventually, this transitioned into watching other Christie adaptations, some of which include the recent Murder on the Orient Express, and most recently, Crooked House.
A dark, atmospheric drama set in the 50s, Crooked House inserts us into the lives of an eccentric (and sometimes bizarre!) family in the aftermath of the patriarch’s suspicious death. To investigate this mystery, a private investigator walks into their life. A P.I. who is retained by a former fling; a girl who also happens to be the victim’s granddaughter.
Though interesting, this story is darker than the normal story from the queen of mystery. Christie’s Marple stories are “happier” in their conclusions, whereas, this underpins some dark concepts. Some of which do get explored and answered, others hang in the air and leave us to wonder, what does this mean? Fortunately, it isn’t as dreary as the recent BBC adaptation of And Then There Were None.
Nonetheless, the costuming is gorgeous as are the rare moments of romanticism. Equally marvelous is the cast which consists of a mix of veteran (Gillian Anderson, Glenn Close) and new British talent (Max Irons, Stefanie Martini). If you like mysteries, this is a good one to enjoy. It’s fast-paced and of course, writes a mystery for fans to puzzle over. The abrupt end dangles some questions, but also leaves us with some sense “better days” are ahead for these characters.
Boasting a quality cast and incredible sets, this small market adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Crooked House is worth a look-see. It’s flawed in ways that take a bit of adjusting to, but the flaws somehow fit in with the themes and nature of the film. Plus, it’s also a top-notch period piece that deserves the time of any avid whodunit fan. Continue reading on Silver Petticoat →
Content: There is some violence, implied and on screen, though nothing is graphic. A few instances of innuendo and profanity is also part of the script. The film is PG13.