Monday, July 12, 2010
Murder on the Orient Express on Masterpiece Mystery
Did anyone watch Masterpiece Mystery's presentation of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express last night?
This is one of my favorite Poirot mysteries (recently reviewed here) so I was interested in seeing how this version was done (I haven't seen any movie versions of Christie's novels up until now). It was good and portrayed the "whodunit" piece well; but I was disturbed by something that I don't recall reading in the novels: Hercule Poirot's devout Catholicism.
Not that I'm against Catholicism or any religion -- far from it -- but since I don't recall reading about that in the Poirot stories I've read (and I've read quite a few) I'm not sure why they chose to include this in the movie. They made it have a bearing on Poirot's decision-making and it didn't sit well with me -- Poirot is all about logic and his "little gray cells", not emotion.
I'd be interested to hear others' thoughts about this.