A Haunting in Venice


Haunting in Venice


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Tuesday 6 February 2024 at 7.30pm


103 mins

Director:  Kenneth Branagh

Starring:  Kenneth Branagh, Michelle Yeoh, Jamie Dornan


Hercule Poirot has retired to Venice. His old friend Ariadne Oliver asks him to investigate charismatic psychic Mrs Reynolds. Set mainly in a palazzo that seems as immense as Xanadu or Castle Elsinore (it's a blend of actual Venice locations, London soundstages, and visual effects), the movie is threaded with intimations of supernatural activity, most of the action occurs during a tremendous thunderstorm. It's fun with a dark streak. At the same time, amid the expected twists and murders, "A Haunting in Venice" is an empathetic portrayal of the death-haunted mentality of people from Branagh's parents' generation who came through World War II with psychic scars, wondering what had been won.  



"With smart casting and suitably murky Venice setting, the director improves on last year’s Death on the Nile, though his moustache-fondling Poirot remains the same"  *** OBSERVER

 "Poirot follows a tried and tested formula, but what's wrong with that?"  ***  TIMES