Crooked House (2018) - Underrated and Dark Agatha Christie Adaptation

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Ever since “giving in” to the pressure and finally watching the ITV adaptations of Marple, I’ve been an Agatha Christie fan. The lighthearted mysteries with a grandmotherly type sluether are as fun as it can be poignant. Eventually, this transitioned into watching other Christie adaptations, some of which include the recent Murder on the Orient Express, and most recently, Crooked House.



A dark, atmospheric drama set in the 30s, Crooked House inserts us into the lives of an eccentric (and sometimes bizarre!) family in the aftermath of the patriarch’s suspicious death. The mystery is investigated by a private investigator whose services are retained by his former fling, who also happens to be the victim’s granddaughter.

Though interesting, this story is darker than what we’re used to. Christie’s Marple stories are “happier” in their conclusions, whereas, this story has dark underpinnigs. Some of which are explored and answered, others left hanging in the air as we are left wonder, what does that mean? Fortunately, it isn't as dreary as the recent BBC adaptation of And Then There Were None


Nonetheless, the costuming is gorgeous as are the rare moments of romanticism. Equally marvelous is the cast which consists of a mix of veteran (Gillian Anderson, Glenn Close) and new British talent (Max Irons, Stefanie Martini). If you like mysteries, this is a good one to enjoy. It’s fast-paced and of course, gives fans a mystery to puzzle over. The abrupt ending leaves something to be desired, but also leaves us with some sense “better days” are ahead for these characters. 

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CROOKED HOUSE REVIEW

Boasting a quality cast and incredible sets, this small market adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Crooked House is worth a look-see. It’s flawed in ways that take a bit of adjusting to, but the flaws somehow fit in with the themes and nature of the film. Plus, it’s also a top-notch period piece that deserves the time of any avid whodunit fan. Continue reading on Silver Petticoat →

Content: There is some violence, implied and on screen, though nothing is graphic. A few instances of innuendo and profanity is also part of the script. The film is rated PG13.

11 comments

  1. I haven't seen this film yet, but I will sometime soon. I'm looking forward to it. I read the book and it is one of the few mysteries by Christie I solved! :)

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    1. Awesome! I'm so glad you have fond memories of the book. Let me know what you think if/when you see this one. The atmosphere is amazing, and the cast fantastic. :)

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  2. Ummmm how have I not heard about this? I recently saw Murder on the Orient Express and didn't care for it, but I LOVED And Then There Were None! I'm definitely adding this to my watch list!

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    1. Cool!! Here's hoping this one follows more in line with your thoughts on And Then There Were None! Did you see the newer or earlier BBC adaptation of 'Orient'? I went and saw the new one and also bought a copy of the one with Jessica Chastain. Now I have to watch it. :)

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  3. This sounds really great - I'm definitely an Agatha Christie fan and I hadn't heard of this!
    Jen Ryland Reviews

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    1. If you see this one, I do hope you enjoy, Jen! I'm curious, do you have a favorite Christie film? :) Thanks for visiting!

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  4. Oh! Nice! This is new to my eyes, so I'll definitely have to look into it. Thanks!

    Do You Dog-ear?

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    1. Cool! Hope if you see this one, you enjoy, Lindsi. Let me know what you think if you see it. :)

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  5. I've got a copy of this on hold at the library - I'm really looking forward to watching it! :)

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    1. Fun! Hope you enjoy, Lauren - and let me know what you think. :)

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  6. I'm terribly behind on all things Christie but I sure do love her work. I was interested in seeing the recent adaptation of And Then There Were None but it sounds like I'm better off skipping that. haha

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