There is no doubt that Agatha Christie’s Poirot: After the Funeral is my favorite of the Poirot series that I have seen thus far. This is really the first one where I was keen on the action from beginning to end with little distraction. This says a lot when you consider that I generally tend to be fairly neutral about British-centric programs. It is just a cultural thing and how easy, or not, it is for me to follow along.
After the Funeral starts with, what else, a funeral. A wealthy man has died and in short order, we witness the shock of the family when the son expected to inherit the wealth is cut out of the will in favor of the other siblings.
There is a lot of intrigue as this story plays out. What I especially enjoyed is that it does not necessarily follow the normal path of this type. I do not want to say too much because if I do, it might spoil the ending for those who have yet to see this A&E presentation.
I still have issues with the denouement of these programs where Hercule Poirot, played artfully by David Suchet and his trademark mustache, assembles the potential villains and then orates for minutes on end about each of the player’s involvement in the crime.
These endings just go on and on like the Energizer bunny, only without being energizing. Everyone is just sitting around, listening to Poirot explain all that has happened. People interject here and there, and we get to see snippets of scenes to visualize what Poirot is saying, but it is not enough to really break up the action.
Actually, that is the problem. There is no action during the conclusion. While I did not mind that to much in After the Funeral, it still felt long and I was close to drifting.
I was definitely intrigued by this story, while continuing to be somewhat amused by the whimsy of the Poirot character. He is a very smart character with more to him than we see, I suspect.
After the Funeral opened with a bit of whimsy and closed with a good wrap up. It is the only Poirot episode I have seen thus far that makes me want to watch it again.