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After the death of Patriarch Aristide Leonides, his granddaughter Sophia (Stefanie Martini) asks her former lover, private detective Charles Hayward (Max Irons) for help. He should come to the family estate and take a closer look at the other relatives. Because Sophia is convinced that her grandfather was murdered. But by whom? Of course the suspicion first falls on the much younger widow (Christina Hendricks) of the deceased. But soon Charles realizes that everyone in this family has had a motive. When the murderer strikes again, the young investigator has to put his nose especially deep into a web of envy and intrigue to solve the case before there are any more victims…
"The Crooked House" is the film adaptation of a rather unknown novel by Agatha Christie. After their "Murder on the Orient-Express" became a surprise success last winter, this work, which was shown on television in Great Britain about a year ago, is now also being shown in our cinemas. But there the film isn't in particularly good hands. Certainly, it is well cast and stylistically convincingly staged. But the crime thriller as a whole is an extremely bland TV production, which has neither great show values nor rousing suspense to offer.
In places the whole thing splashes so ponderously that "Inspector Barnaby" looks like "Fast & Furious". The resolution is surprising and pleasantly consistent. But the whole thing ends so hastily and abruptly that the dramaturgically successful move cannot even unfold its full effect. When the credits start abruptly, some viewers will probably ask themselves: What, that's it now? Hmmmm…
Securely, on a cold Sunday afternoon comfortably on the home couch "The crooked house" can work well. But the film simply offers too little to satisfy its audience when it comes to going to the cinema and the price of an admission ticket. And that's why there's only one here: Conditionally worth seeing!
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