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This review is from: Agatha Christie's Poirot: Murder In Mesopotamia [VHS]  (VHS Tape)
Right. Well. THe first new Poirot in two years and it's based on one of my favourite Christie novels. So far so good. Unfortunately, the writers have once again felt the need to "improve" on the original source. They've all but removed the character of Nurse Letheran (the most interesting character in the novel other than Poirot himself) and given most of her lines to Hastings (who isn't actually in the original book). Some of the acting is a little dodgy too (the actor who plays Father Lavingy, for instance).
That said, it's not so much of a mess as it could have been. The team that ruined The Murder of Roger Achroyd two years ago haven't actually ruined this. Some of the performances (Doctor Leidner, Miss Johnson and, of course Poirot and Hastings) are rather good. And most of the plot is essentially the same as the book, albeit with a few deviations which can, for the most part, be forgiven. THe location filming is impressive too, but this doesn't make up for the appalling script. It says somethibg that the BBC Radio adaptation does a much better job at evoking mystery and a sense of the Middle East.
All in all then, not the worst Poirot by a long chalk, but it could - no, should - have been SOOOOOO much better.