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Agatha Christie's Poirot - Five Little Pigs
Agatha Christie's Poirot - Five Little Pigs

     
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Movie Reviews

Nicely done, but flawed
Kyle Shultz | 12/29/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)

""Five Little Pigs" has always been among my favorite Poirot adventures, mainly because of its excellent premise. Poirot is attempting to solve a murder which occurred fourteen years before, resulting in the execution of a young woman. There are no cigar ashes, no footprints, no concrete clues of any kind to go by. Instead, Poirot is forced to rely entirely on his methods of probing into the psychology of his suspects; always a treat for the reader/viewer. And this case certainly has plenty of psychology - all his five suspects have some secret that needs ferreting out and which may or may not have any bearing on the murder itself. All very enjoyable.

That being said, I was rather disappointed in this TV adaptation in some respects. The only way in which it falls short of the standard I have come to respect from the makers of the Poirot series is in the differences between the book and the movie. I guess the producers thought there was just too much heterosexual romance going on in the original story. (We can't have that, can we?) Thus, Philip Blake is no longer the smouldering, jilted lover of Caroline Crayle - he is the smouldering, jealous lover of Amius Crayle. And Caroline Crayle, in a move which jarringly contradicts Christie's portrayal of her character, does not reject the advances of a man who tries to take advantage of her at a time when her marriage is threatened, but seeks him out in order to seduce him - in other words, committing the same act of unfaithfulness that she condemns in her husband. Plus, the flashback scenes of the "deep friendship" between Amius and Phillip were frankly quite distasteful. Caroline thus comes across as being far less admirable. And are we supposed to feel sorry for Phillip? No thanks.

This film is still definitely worth watching, but it's not quite the best of the newer Poirot films. Fans will enjoy it, but take my advice and read the book first, if you haven't already - or listen to the audio drama with John Moffatt."
The best Poirot mystery by far
A. Thakur | Bangalore India | 01/13/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Five little pigs is arguably the best Poirot mystery. Till the very end the needle of suspicion swings in all directions. Another reason for the appeal of this story is that in this Poirot solves a murder case, from the personal accounts of all witnesses, that had happened 14 years ago."
A well-conceived adaptation of an engaging story
James L. Henley | 06/26/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I highly recommend this adaptation. I thoroughly enjoy almost all movies based on the works of Agatha Christie. David Suchet will forever be the definitive Poirot for me. I usually object to movie scripts that vary from the original novels, but not in this case. The updates make the story much more real. For me, the original texture of the story has been preserved. This is one of my favorite Poirot made-for-TV movies despite the absences of the wonderful Miss Lemon, Captain Hastings and Chief Inspector Japp, present in so many of these adaptations. I could not pause the DVD even to visit the kitchen. I had to know 'what happens next'. I will be watching it again, I'm sure."