While spending the weekend at his cottage outside London, Hercule Poirot is invited to dinner by Sir Henry and Lady Angkatell. Leaving immediately after dinner, he returns the next day to find that a weekend guest, John Christo, has been shot dead. There is any number of suspects: his former lover, Veronica Cray whom he had not seen for 12 years but suddenly turned up at a nearby cottage; his wife, Gerda who was deeply hurt by his womanizing; his current mistress Henrietta Savernake; Midge Hardcastle, who was very much in love with him, but whom he constantly ignored; and Edward Angkatell, who was in love with Midge. What Poirot finds however is that the evidence equally implicates everyone just a little too equally for it all to be just by chance. Written by
When Henrietta doodles, she always sketches a stylized tree that she calls Yggdrasil. In Norse mythology, Yggdrasil is a giant ash tree that represents Viking cosmology, with the branches standing for different parallel worlds. "Heaven" is at the top and Hel is at the bottom. The world we experience is on one of the middle branches. See more »
I hadn't read the book for a couple of months prior to seeing this, but while I enjoyed it I never considered it a favourite. While not the best Poirot, The Hollow is a rock solid adaptation, and is remarkably true to the book. Midge and Edward's relationship development is a little too out of the blue, my only criticism of the adaptation, but I loved the Hollow's serious and dark tone while maintaining some dark, subtle humour too. The story does have moments when it is thin, but it is still involving and suspenseful, and standout scenes have to be the face to face confrontations between Henrietta and Poirot and of course the final solution. The adaptation is exquisite to watch with terrific production values, and the music is a nice touch. The acting is excellent as per usual, David Suchet is impeccable as the eccentric Poirot, while Megan Dodds is breathtakingly-beautiful as Henrietta, Jonathan Cake is suitably loathsome as John Cristow and Sherlock Holmes's Edward Hardwicke is an inspired piece of casting as Sir Henry. Overall, a solid adaptation and wonderful to watch. 9/10 Bethany Cox
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