One of the greatest period drama fandoms just happens to be for this delightful sleuth character, Miss Phryne Fisher. The all-new feature length movie, Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears will debut on Acorn TV’s steaming service, which means it’s time to talk about this brand-new period drama.
Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears (2020) Movie: The Story
The next big adventure is what the honorable Miss Phryne Fisher (Essie Davis) chases after. Her latest leads her to Jerusalem where she frees a young woman held in captivity. But alas, while doing so, Miss Fisher does not make it out. News of this reaches the shores of Australia where her friends mourn, including the one person whose heart she broke.
Weeks later this brings Jack to England where he meets the people Phryne is living with. This group consists of Lord Lofthouse and this wife, Eleanor (Daniel Lapaine, Jacqueline McKenzie) and his brother Jonathan (Rupert Penry-Jones). Quite to everyone’s surprise, Phyrne causes a stir when she drops in, unaware of the fuss everyone has made – and certainly unaware of the arrival of one Detective Inspector Jack Robinson (Nathan Page)…
Of course, more adventure awaits them, but that’s for you to discover as this plot unfolds. What’s so likable about this series is the characters, and the exciting adventures they invite us along on. This one “upped” the excitement meter because it moves our titular heroine out of her native Australian homeland to create a new kind of energy in an established character group that already boasts plenty of good feeling. Here’s a few things I love about this new movie, and a few aspects I dislike.
Thoughts on Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears
+ How this film opens is so much fun. It’s playful (the cheeky filming though…!) and just so Miss Fisher.
+ The costuming is again a sight to behold. It’s the same quality you see in the TV show, but so pretty, colorful and just all around lovely.
+ As a viewer, this is likely subjective , but the two things that do take this down just a teeny tiny bit are these. One is the story feels a little disjointed (not the entire script, just certain aspects, like a marriage), but this may be because I missed something rather than an oversight. Secondly, I miss the appearance of certain beloved characters. A cameo appearance in my book just doesn’t quite count, and the pace does slow the plot at certain peaks.
+That said, I honest think this film is lovely. It’s worth a watch (or two!), and will remind you of all the good times we enjoyed with Miss Fisher during the three seasons she was on our TV screens. Needless to say, while I don’t have any information to support this, the film leaves off on the cusp of new things, and that makes me wonder if we’ll be seeing these characters again. (If not, one thing I think everyone will like is where a certain two characters leave off.)
+ Oh, and I cannot neglect to mention Miss Fisher and Jack. They’re as adorable as ever; their banter “feels” different because of time and distance, but it’s still there, and I am 100% here for it. Make note of their dance, and their next-to-last scene together – and that’s ALL you get because, well, you have to watch!
Don’t miss the streaming debut of Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears MONDAY the 23rd exclusive to Acorn TV’s streaming website. You can also stream the entire series (1-3) on Acorn TV.
PS: Stay tuned as I will have a follow up Acorn TV post regarding the streaming service (and its many other productions in addition to this), which should be published tomorrow…!Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears Movie: The Best Adventure of the Year! Essie Davis returns as the titular lady detective character. #MissFisher #MissFisherMovie #AcornTV @AcornTV Click To Tweet
Have you see this latest adventure of Miss Fisher’s?? Do you plan to? Are you excited for a new adventure with this feisty woman?
Content: There’s some innuendo (suggestive comments, etc.), but nothing terrible. Overall, if you watch the TV show, it’s on the same level as it.
My sincere thanks to Acorn TV for the screening opportunity; all opinions expressed are my own.
Photos: Acorn TV / Every Cloud Productions and all3media international