Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Elektra's Miss Marple

Has The Telegraph jumped the gun with an April Fools Day gag or has Disney gone dizzy? Click the title link for a lineup of actresses who have played Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple and you'll see that pride of place is given to Jennifer Garner as Elektra (2005). A new Disney film allegedly updates Miss Marple and relocates her to an unspecified US location. This is headbanging stuff. The essence of Marple movies is in the olde worlde village charm of St Mary Mead, the puffing steam trains, vintage cars and Joan Hickson's knitting (or Margaret Rutherford's gabbling, if you prefer your Marple to be humorous with wobbly chins). Update it and you lose everything of value.


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