The ABC Murders
The Midnight Gang
Well, that was a fuss about nothing wasn’t it? John Malkovich’s Hercule Poirot having “ditched his Belgian accent” I mean. My ears may need syringing, but in The ABC Murders he sounded pretty foreign to me. Not as camped up as Peter Ustinov or David Suchet, granted, but certainly not affecting an obvious English twang to fit in here, as suggested from publicity interviews. Just as well. Malkovich’s Poirot was less puffed-up peacock, more ageing turkey whose star was fading and whom Scotland Yard no longer respected.
That was probably enough of a shift for those viewers wedded more to the films and TV dramas than the books, and favouring a grandiloquent Poirot. His flamboyant moustache…