After freeing a young girl from her unjust imprisonment in Jerusalem, Phryne Fisher begins to unravel a mystery concerning priceless emeralds, ancient curses and the truth behind the suspicious disappearance of Shirin's forgotten tribe.
This is a spin-off of Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, set in 1960s Melbourne. When Phryne Fisher goes missing in New Guinea, her niece, the flighty Peregrine Fisher, inherits her aunt's ... See full summary »
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After freeing a young Bedouin girl from her unjust imprisonment in Jerusalem, Phryne Fisher begins to unravel a decade-old mystery concerning priceless emeralds, ancient curses and the truth behind the suspicious disappearance of Shirin's forgotten tribe.
Since 2016, there had been speculation on the possibility that the television series would be made into a feature film. In May 2016, Essie Davis acknowledged interest in playing Miss Fisher in a film. "We're just working out the ideas of how to make it bigger and better and more fabulous than the TV show," she said. Later that year, it was revealed that plans were afoot to produce a trilogy of Phryne Fisher films. See more »
didn't quite make the transition from tv to film successfully
In making the transition from tv to film, the creative team of 'Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears' changed the pacing and locations with a view to expanding the show's horizons, which is all well and good on paper but in practice I don't know that they achieved what they hoped in doing so. Which is a shame because I think they did so with noble intentions and it was a labour of love. The reason the show worked was because it so effectively recreated 1920's Australia and it went at a lively canter, whether it be dialogue or action. I always think if the formula works, don't change it too much and stick with it, there's no real reason to and they did and it didn't work. You don't necessarily need to make it more "cinematic", just do what you did on tv and add another half hour. The narrative style changed because a large part of the movie focused on the family drama of the Bedouin people on whom its plot was based. And so it was a lot more talky, slower paced and with less action for the first three quarters, which took the wind out of its sails to an extent and gave it a listless quality. Happily, it was never quite dull, and whenever it became a tad flat it briefly picked up pace and narrative strength before it returned to the timid lilt. Essie Davis and Nathan Page's minds seemed elsewhere also or neither actor was playing their character with as much aplomb as they did on the show, which was really weird. Seeing Essie Davis not being self-assured as a character she played so well over three series made for strange viewing, and felt a little sad. Likewise Nathan Page, and his character Detective Jack Robinson particularly really suffered from being taken out of the normal context of his police station, not really having a lot to do and Page didn't seem like he knew what to do with Jack.
Also they used a soft focus filter on the lens, the point of which I couldn't see, detracted from the film's presence and I found really annoying. I understand it was a genre thing and a nod to the comparable adventure films of the time, but for me it only served to frustrate the material. The plot and action picked up pace in the last quarter and what struck me was again, as with the tv show, this's a good story, they've done a very good job and once again 'Miss Fisher' was very well plotted by Deb Cox. However, unfortunately those qualities were spread too thinly due to the muting effect of the elements hitherto mentioned. Which was a real shame, because I'm such a big believer in 'Miss Fisher', and was one of those passionate fans of what all things considered, was a wonderful show, and I really wanted to believe in this film. I honestly expected I'd go in and be impressed by a very good movie. Which is frustrating, because the bones of it were there, the basic story was as good as ever and the film only just fell short of the mark I thought, with just a few too many of the elements going awry. There were a few good laughs, but spread a little thinly through the film. At least you can say 'Miss Fisher' didn't commit the cardinal sin of being dull, it was never boring, just underwhelming and a missed opportunity regrettably in my opinion.
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