It is always interesting to observe how a character from a book comes to life on the silver screen. One of my all time favorite detectives ‘Hercule Poirot’ is a complex character with his own peculiar habits. A man most brilliant but also multi-dimensional. I am more than impressed than ‘David Suchet’ interpretation of Poirot. He brings Poirot to life.
David’s Poroit is just what Agatha Christie would have imagined – the short bald Belgian, with accented English, impeccable tastes and droll humour. Earnest and perceptive, he forms an endearing persona. Traits that come out remarkably well and that were just hidden in various layers in the books are Poirot’s obsessive compulsive disorder related to symmetry and hygiene. I was surprised to see perhaps a little dandyish representation of Poirot’s personality. But I guess its more about how the English would see a immaculately dressed, gallant foreign man – a little effeminate perhaps.
My sister had shared a bunch of episodes and that’s how I got introduced to this ITV series. Now I am catching up through my DVD rental series. Each episode is 1-2 hour long and is based on a novel by Agatha Chrisite. Quite faithful to the books, episodes start by setting up a location for the crime and introducing various characters. Narratives vary from episode to episode but one thing remains the same – the closing, the grand finale – when Poriot gathers everyone involved with the case and unravels the mystery. The most fun part is solving the case as you go along. Kapil & I keep guessing till the end who could the murderer be. Sometimes we are right and sometimes we are close.
The other two recurring character’s are Hugh Fraser as Captain Hastings and Philip Jackman as Inspector Japp. Again brilliant casting, thought I had imagined neither to be as dense as potrayed.
Verdict: Makes for entertaining evenings in front of the TV. A must watch if you are a fan of the detective character