RSVP Yes to 'A Haunting in Venice'

Two men arrive by gondola
Kenneth Branagh as HERCULE POIROT

For my full thoughts, please listen to the short spoiler-free podcast review. 

A Haunting in Venice is the third Hercule Poirot mystery that Kenneth Branagh Poirot has brought to the screen, and it's my favorite of the series by far. Based on Hallowe'en Party by Agatha Christie, adapted for the screen by Michael Green, directed by Branagh himself. The movie stars Branagh, Tina Fey, Michelle Yeoh, Jamie Dornan, Kelly Reilly, Jude Hill, Camille Cottin, Ali Khan, Emma Laird, Kyle Allen, and Riccardo Scamarcio.

Summary: On Halloween or all Hallows' Eve as they call it in a post War II Europe, Poirot has retired doing anything resembling detective work. His friend, celebrated author Ariadne Oliver wants him to help her disprove a medium's claim that she can talk to the dead. Poirot attends reluctantly, but when a party guest turns up dead, he takes up the mantle of world's greatest detective once more. 

Release info: Coming to theaters September 15, 2023

Final score: 4 out of 5