Much as lust after…ooops…love KenBran, he did us wrong with Hollywood/CGI Poirot. In my humble opinion.
There’s only one Poirot (David Suchet) and only one Miss Marple (Joan Hickson)
Even Agatha herself wrote to Joan Hickson to say that she was the perfect Miss Marple as seen by this author.
Caveat : Peter Ustinov as Poirot is enjoyable. So is Margaret Rutherford as Miss Marple.
As for the newest Poirot books by Sophie Hannah. She tried, bless her. The Monogram Murders were a painful trawl. No ingenious mystery. And no Poirot. The man is now reduced to AI with zero of the annoying but endearing characteristics that we love and Agatha hated.
One of her most brilliant books, one that raised the bar for Mystery Fiction was And Then There Were None – as we now have to call it. It went from Ten Little Niggers to Ten Little Indians to Then There Were None.
There is a quantity of society that believes adapting these stories to modern values and mores is a good thing. It’s inclusive and woke.
But 1920, when The Mysterious Affair at Styles was written, cannot be reproduced today with modern forensics and psychology knowledge and cancel culture.
Imagine – Poirot is Belgian, small, dandy, perfectly dressed, has huge moustaches, an ego the size of Mount Olympus, OCD out the wazoo, no sex life, no family, no parents, no childhood memories, no place in society.