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― M. Scott Peck
Best MSW Movie
I am a huge Murder, She Wrote fan (and Ellery Queen, Agatha Christie, and John Dickson Carr fan, including adaptations) but for the longest time I had never seen the MSW movies, except for Celtic Riddle (I had read that book before it became a movie actually.) I was feening them like an addict. I looked everywhere, couldn't find them. Finally, Hallmark aired the three movies a few years ago.
I'm over the moon. Really, if this were part of the regular series I'd be saying this was my favorite episode block ever. We have Jessica at a writer's conference, people calling her on all her investigating and the publicity it's brought her books, questioning her motives. It's beautiful. While it still hovers just below painting a picture of a complex character it gives us a lot to like.
And the story is classic MSW. In fact, altogether I'd say this is back to basics. Great plot, more than just cardboard cutouts for characters, and a sleek production. While there wasn't a high body count, the main murder was bloody (considering it's MSW we're talking about.) Also, ASTDF features some of the best acting in supporting roles MSW had seen in a long time (after the late 90s cringe- inducing performances from young "up and comers.") And, this might be Angela's finest portrayal of Jessica Fletcher yet. Maybe because she's aged, but she seems more vulnerable than ever before (save Thursday's Child).
I only wish somehow Seth could've been involved, as with all the movies we don't even get a single mention of Cabot Cove (IIRC).
If you haven't seen it, and you're a fan, make every effort to do so. You won't be disappointed.
Angela, I love you. Jessica, I can't wait till they remake you and your world for a new audience -- which I'm sure they will.
Keeps Even Faithful Readers Guessing
Don't listen to the homophobes. If Agatha could have written about homosexuality and racism and a bunch of other things that are normal to talk about today then she would have. Face it. Imagine how many more tools and tropes she'd have at her disposal? Not to mention she wouldn't be homophobic and racist as a 21st century writer?
This is a quality adaptation. As a longtime avid AC reader I for one LIKE changes to her plots because then I have the fun of puzzling out stories I know like the back of my hand. If I want tequila I don't drink a margarita. If I want AC pure, I read AC.
One thing I am still wondering: did Wheeler have an affair with the doctor? Was he the doctor's brudge partner? Good fun, bridge!