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Do Not Recommend
on January 25, 2009
I'll begin by saying that I'm a fan of the original TV series, so I watched this expected it to be just like the originals.
Let me say that I'm not against improvements in TV shows, radio shows etc. just because it isn't the same as the original. However, the changes made in this film took away, rather then added, to the series.
If you've never seen the originals, you may not have a problem with this film. But let me warn fans, you may potentially have a serious problem with this new rendition of "Death on the Nile."
The cinematography has been modified from the originals, and not to the benefit of the series. For example, in flashbacks, when Poirot describes the crime, the director decided to washed-out the colors, which was completely unnecessary. In a stabbing scene, music that was quite reminiscent of the "Psycho" shower scene music was used, which was completely cheesy.
None of the original characters (besides Poirot) are in the film. This, naturally, takes away a lot from the movie since the friendships between the characters in the TV series was a major part of what made this television show great.
Also, the signature theme song was gone.
Overall, I felt the product had a tacky feel to it, and certainly did not contain the kind of sophistication of the originals. As I said, if you've never seen the originals, you may not mind this, but if you are a fan of the TV series, take this into consideration before you decide to buy this.