How boring life would be if we didn't have the freedom to re-interpret or re-invent. Also helping elevate are a stellar cast, Geraldine McEwan is above decent as Miss Marple, and Jane Seymour is suitably nasty as the victim, while Juliet Stevenson, Denis Lawson, Burn Gorman and especially Alison Steadman turn in great work. Nevertheless, the ORDEAL BY INNOCENCE screenwriter has done an admirable job of making it appear like the old lady was indeed a part of the original plot. The acting is fine all around, especially by Lisa Stansfield as the level-headed Mary, but the film is a little too flatly shot and visually gloomy for this series.
It's great that they're doing new things with the plots, we all know the books inside out, so something different is great!
I also liked that they used a reverse of film and clock as not to confuse you in stating a look back in time. The book was of course adapted to accommodate Miss Marple and the writer did a great job, Miss Marple is given enough of a character and personality and role for it to have been written as a Miss Marple book. Don't have an account? Its true that not many of the characters are very likable but actually the Argyle family were a rather tortured bunch in the novel too becoming more so after the revelation that it was not Jacko after all who killed the mother figure.
Ordeal is a great novel because it's not really a classic who dunnit.
Poirot and Miss Marple do not appear in the story but that does not impede its suspense and surprising ending. This is the third series of Miss Marple and if you have watched the previous seasons of Miss Marple, you have probably realized they're not that faithful, I don't mind that at all, because they ( and this one is no exception ) are great entertainment. I personally think, who cares?
In the 5-6 Marple episodes I've seen before this one, the changes are largely absurdist or tacky or both. The players in Ordeal by Innocence are all solid, each one casting a more suspicious shadow than the last. And people are right, it does deviate from the book, and I was expecting that, but Gwenda's murder especially I felt was unnecessary.
Re-worked by Sarah Phelps ,sometimes these are overworked, get boring.
Sure, if Dr. Calgary hadn't appeared out of nowhere to confirm Jacko's alibi a murderer would remain hidden in the Argyle family's midst, but it would still be a happier family and some innocent lives would be spared; and did Jacko even deserve to have his name cleared? A mystery with twists and turns to the very end, supported by a fine cast. The stilted acting and excruciating scenes andf expression were clownish.
I really did enjoy this one, so I'd say sit back and enjoy, for all those who keep comparing Geraldine to Joan Don't watch them, leave the fans of the new versions to watch and enjoy without criticisms, they're great viewing. Another interesting entry in the Miss Marple series, taken from an Agatha Christie novel that did not include the elderly sleuth as part of the plot. I've read most of the books, seen all the movie and TV adaptations. Overall, disappointing but not absolutely unwatchable, thanks to the production values and the cast.
I am not outraged by the insertion of Miss Marple so long as the overall result is still satisfactory and this time it is.
Enjoy the show. Sign up here. I don't mind making changes if they make sense but this one didn't. It simply has gone downhill fast in this iteration of the Miss Marple series.
Period. Ordeal By Innocence shows that even in her later years the inimitable Dame Agatha Christie could write an exciting story of murder!
This is ( as many people have pointed out ) not an actual Miss Marple book, instead they have taken another book and included Miss Marple in the story. This one wasn't.
Ordeal by Innocence book. 'Ordeal By Innocence' may not be one of her very best works, but it is an expertly crafted work with an ending that one does not expect. "it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing". It's probably one of Christie's most dramatic and downbeat stories, but not one of her best mysteries - or maybe it only seemed obvious to me because I remembered the plot from the 1980's film version of the same book with Donald Sutherland, Faye Dunaway, etc (on a sidenote, I consider myself lucky for not having read / watched or not remembering most of these Christie tales; I find it more rewarding to watch a mystery movie and be surprised by it than to know what's going to happen and having to compare it to another version of the story). Nobody is pleased to see him though as if Jack didn't kill his mother it is almost certain that somebody else living in the house did; her husband, his new fiancée or one of the other four adopted children. This is a superb show. This adaptation of a story by Agatha Christie opens with the murder of wealthy heiress Rachel Argyll; her adopted son Jack is arrested for the killing but protests his innocence. I don't even mind messing with the plot as long as it is done well, this story was not written as a Marple mystery but they managed to insert her quite well, *spoiler warning* the one thing that I can't understand is why was Gwenda killed? And I recommend everyone to do so if they want a classy and stylish read. Not Agatha Christie.. influenced by Agatha Christie. I don't like this modern adaptations of Agatha Christie's novels.
Am a huge Agatha Christie fan, have been ever since the age of 11 since reading 'And Then There Were None' (still one of my favourite books) and watching the Joan Hickson and David Suchet adaptations of 'A Murder is Announced' and 'Sad Cypress'. Spread out over three hours, the first two were ok but the final episode was rushed, too much happening too quickly whilst the final vital confrontation between Leo and his children wasn't even shown. No one who respects Christie's work would approve of these films. Nice to see Bill Nighy playing it straight to the end, not his usual cameo of an aging rock star. To the reviewer who berates the legions of us appalled by most scripts in this mid-2000s reboot of Agatha Christie's detective novels and stories: 'new' is not synonymous with 'refreshing ' as you put it. Presumably - as with the majority of BBC writers - Sarah Phelps is unable to come up with her own plots and so pinches those of other writers.
Unlike some other movies in the series, the plot remains mostly logical without any unnecessary weird twists. I also caught a couple of mistakes (bright red blood after 18 months oxidizing, really?) The original book gives much more build up to the character of Rachel and the resentment felt toward her by her adopted children but it is not unusual for film versions to fail in this. On the message board, the contributor 'Last picture show' points out, quite correctly, that the plot does not in fact make sense. The rest of the cast soldier on with the limp dialogue, but never really pull it off. Since I felt this, I didn't give 2 hoots what happened to them. Christies fnas will be very confused, little of the original remains. I gave three instead of one star because some of the actors were giving the script a mighty try. 4/10 Bethany Cox. This new Miss Marple series had me excited. Plus the direction was okay.
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