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– by Campbell Clark

Amazon Prime has released the above trailer for The ABC Murders starring John Malkovich in the lead role of the famous Hercule Poirot. The three part crime drama series also stars Rupert Grint as a new Chief Inspector following the retirement of Poirot’s old colleague and friend Chief Inspector Japp.

The show is being released on Amazon Prime February 1st, although I have already seen the first two parts. The show was released on BBC One in the UK starting Boxing Day and concluding this evening. This was a join venture between BBC and Amazon taking over the international rights for the show.

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The plot follows Hercule Poirot as he is getting lonely and older in 1930’s London. No longer as famous or in demand as he once was Hercule begins receiving strange letters that attempt to mock him and warn him of impending murders. Essentially this is a more modern serial killer tale told with Poirot as the detective the killer is obsessed with.

It’s also not a ‘who done it?’, which virtually all Poirot stories usually are. Instead here, we (the audience) know who the killer is from very early on in the first episode. But we have no real clue as to what this killers motivations are and how it connects him to Poirot.

There are also quite a few political undertones in this show. Poirot feels like a current movement rising to remove the non-British from the country is putting him under a prejudice which he hadn’t experienced before in his adopted home nation. Kinda feels like a tap in to the current Brexit upheaval in the UK and the Isolationist views being aired in the US.

I won’t comment as to whether I enjoyed it or not until I finish the show later this evening, but so far I’d say it’s engaging enough. My one criticism so far is John Malkovich’s turn as Poirot. As someone who grew up watching David Suchet in the role it’s hard not to compare Malkovich to perhaps the best ever Poirot performance on screen. I just keep wondering whether David Suchet could have been tempted back for this one last hurrah?

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SOURCE: Amazon Prime