A Haunting in Venice Movie Review

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A Haunting in Venice Movie Review

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In post-World War II Venice, Poirot, now retired and living in his own exile, reluctantly attends a seance. But when one of the guests is murdered, it is up to the former detective to once again to uncover the killer.

Why did I come to this movie again?

I’ve enjoyed the other films in this series, and was excited to see Venice. I’m in no way a purist when it comes to Agatha Christie novels, so bear that in mind.

5 of 5


As always, we got a rather large group of broken characters to follow in the story. You need more than a few for a good murder mystery. It felt like a lot, and at times I got confused.

I thought most of the acting was solid, and that each character was portrayed in a satisfying way. Michelle Yeoh did an exceptionally good job.

A lot of people are hating on Tina Fey, but I thought she played her role well.

The house, or palazzo (I think that’s what they called it) was a character unto itself, which was both cool and creepy. To be honest, it was the most interesting character in the show.

4 of 5

Did I care what happened?

Duh. Yes. There are supposedly ghosts of children haunting the building. Not one, but two women are murdered, then a man. Poirot was seeing things that shouldn’t be there…I thought they kept the tension threads pretty taut in this film.

5 of 5

Plot Holes

As I said before, I’m not a big reader of Agatha Christie, so I didn’t know the plot going in. I guessed the murderer in the first few minutes of the film, and thought I was wrong about it a few times, but I wasn’t.

I imagine already having the plot written for you makes for an easy movie. There weren’t large holes, but more like tiny moments that threw me out of the story.

While the tension kept me on edge, I found some of the pacing painful.

4 of 5

How many times did I yawn?

No yawning, but I did want to reach for my phone a couple of times, which is what I do at home when I get a little bored.

The show took a while to get going, then there would be rushing, then slogging, then rushing, then slogging. More talking than doing in some cases.

4 of 5

Cool Factor

Part of the cool factor for this film is Venice.

Ahh, Vencie…

I’d go see this film again in the theaters just for the stunning shots of the city.

While I liked the cinematography, some of it was a little too dark. There was also a great deal of flashing, which I noticed more because I’d been fighting a migraine all week.

4 of 5

The End

As I said, I guessed the murderer. I also figured out why Poirot was having issues. I didn’t catch the last twist, which I thought was brilliant.

4 of 5

Overall Enjoyment

I went to see this with some friends and my hubby still wants to go, and I’ll probably go with him. So, I guess I’m saying, I’d see it again. Especially in theaters. It’s not a film I’d watch over and over, but I did quite like it.

It’s a fun Halloween film. A few jump scares without getting too graphic, plenty of tense moments, and a great atmosphere.

4 of 5

Total: 34

That’s a Brown Belt!

White Belt: 1-10
Yellow Belt: 11-19
Purple Belt: 20-25
Green Belt: 26-30
Brown Belt: 31-35
Black Belt: 36-40

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