The ABC Murders (Mammoth Screen and Agatha Christie Productions, 2018) is a 3 episodes TV mini series, of 60 minutes each one, based on the homonymous novel by Agatha Christie, adapted by Sarah Phelps, produced by Farah Abushwesha, and directed by Alex Gabassi. It stars John Malkovich as Hercule Poirot, with Eamon Farren, Michael Shaeffer, Rupert Grint, Conrad McCroddan, Freya Mavor, Shirley Henderson, Anya Chalotra, Andrew Buchan, Tara Fitzgerald, Bronwyn James, Christopher Villiers, Jack Farthing, Suzanne Packer and Eve Austin, in main supporting roles. It was aired by BBC One in the UK, over three consecutive nights beginning on 26 December 2018 and by Movistar #0, in Spain, on Friday evenings starting 15 March 2019.
Synopsis: Set in the 1930s, a time when Britain is dangerously divided and suspicion and hatred are on the rise, the story sees Poirot face a serial killer known only as A.B.C. As the body count rises, the only clue is a copy of The ABC Railway Guide at each crime scene. Poirot’s investigations are continuously thwarted by an enemy determined to outsmart him. If Poirot is to match his nemesis, then everything about him will be called into question: his authority, his integrity, his past and his identity. (Source: IMDb)
My take: Last Friday, Begoña and I finished watching the third episode of The ABC Murders (2018 TV mini series) starring John Malkovich as Hercule Poirot. I can assure you I tried to watch it without bias and with an open mind. I was prepared to understand it was a recreation of the famous novel and it didn’t have to be necessarily faithful to the original novel. I was expecting it will reflect, in some sense, the spirit of the book, albeit in an up to date version. However, despite all the originality and brilliance in its execution and interpretation, I’ve been rather disappointed. At no point I felt interested in the series. I found its excessive realism quite disproportionate, or perhaps gratuitous and unnecessary. And I can assure you I’m not shy on sex related issues. Besides some sequences were disgusting and in the verge of bad taste. I also wonder what was the need to introduce a Poirot’s past, entirely artificial and invented. But I might be completely wrong and I would like to hear your views.