Sparkling Cyanide (2003)

Useless Cushions

I could have put up with the silly detectives and their dated witticisms. The similarly dated use of technology… I could have overlooked the cheapness throughout, if they had only preserved the core element of a Christie mystery: we have to be surprised in a very special way at the end. We don’t just find who is the murderer; we know there will be one. It has to cleverly outwit us, and everything we assumed impossible.

Here what we have is a dinner party, which we later find has three unknown affairs. Any of them when revealed could have been the fulcrum for forcing a reinvention of all we knew.

No, what we get is standard TV fare, where someone is revealed but with no Christie unravelling of reality.

Posted in 2022

Ted’s Evaluation — 1 of 3: You can find something better to do with this part of your life.


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