A Haunting in Venice

A Haunting in Venice

Celebrated sleuth Hercule Poirot, now retired and living in self-imposed exile in Venice, reluctantly attends a Halloween séance at a decaying, haunted palazzo. When one of the guests is murdered, the detective is thrust into a sinister world of shadows and secrets.

  • Released: 2023-09-13
  • Runtime: 103 minutes
  • Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
  • Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Michelle Yeoh, Jamie Dornan, Tina Fey, Jude Hill, Emma Laird, Camille Cottin, Riccardo Scamarcio, Kelly Reilly, Ali Khan, Kyle Allen, Amir El-Masry, Lorenzo Acquaviva, David Menkin, Clara Duczmal, Emilio Villa-Muhammad, Vanessa Ifediora
  • Director: Kenneth Branagh
  • cgvsluis - 18 June 2024
    Visually stunning backdrop for this third Agatha Christie Poirot film done by Kenneth Branagh, and maybe my favorite?
    "In Venice we say every house is haunted or cursed."

    This film is visually stunning. The Venice backdrop is spectacular and the vintage sets and clothing really make this Poirot film for me. Based on the Agatha Christie book Hallowe'en Party. The story follows Poirot to a Halloween Party where a seance is performed by a medium (Joyce Reynolds-played by Michelle Yeoh) that his friend and author Ariadne Oliver (Tina Fey) wants him to discredit.

    "I didn't ask to be what I am. Why I like the term "medium", sorry if middling. I'm not big or small. I'm not interesting at all."-Joyce Renolds, Medium

    The cast was filled out with some other phenomenal actors like Jamie Dornan, Fernando Piloni, Kelly Reilly and child actor Jude Hill.

    I think there are some overly harsh critiques of these Poirot films being done by Kenneth Branagh. I, for one, am loving them. I love the great actors being used. I love the beautiful period costumes. I love the exotic sets...and most of all I appreciate keeping Agatha Christie's great writing alive. (This includes presenting it to a new audience.)

    The seance is to talk with a dead young woman who committed suicide, or did she? Assembled for the seance besides Poirot and the authoress are the young woman's mother, her doctor, her ex Fiance, and her nanny. Poirot manages to reveal hidden secrets thru the night as more deaths occur. I think mystery fans will really enjoy this film and I for one can't wait for more.
  • ultrevor - 28 April 2024
    Everyone Thinks They're a Critic, but they're not - Its a Great Movie
    I think a mistake many of the negative reviews are making is that they are comparing this Poirot film to what has come before. People seem unable to separate themselves from the David Suchet Poirot, or the Sidney Lumet Poirot. When compared to previous iterations of Poirot, I agree, I think some interpretations are better than others. But we must remember that many of these adaptations are some of the greatest films of all time. Is "A Haunting in Venice" one of the greatest films of all time? No. But is this movie, a "good" movie? Absolutely. Is it even a "great" movie? Absolutely! This is a fantastic movie.

    A Haunting in Venice, this latest edition of the new round of Poirot films is by far the best, better than Orient Express, better than Death on The Nile (which were also both great movies). A Haunting in Venice is simply a fantastic movie. Its everything you'd want from a Poirot murder-mystery film, and its everything you'd want from a film titled "A Haunting in Venice". Its got spooky vibes, compelling and mysterious plot twists, and plenty of jumps and surprises in store. Its a film that stays with you after you watch it, it is as haunting as the title would suggest.

    The cinematography really stood out to me, I was deeply impressed by the camera work in this film, you see it, you feel it, you notice it because you're supposed to - it helps tell the story. Some people tend not to like more obvious camera work like what appears in this film, I say those people are boring. Some richly symbolic shots as well, a multitude of little moments of storytelling that viewers not paying close attention might miss. Keep a sharp eye on this film - missing a single second could lead you to the wrong conclusion. It was such a fun movie I fully intend on watching it a second time.