A Haunting in Venice review: Halloween is the scariest time of the year, a holiday full of ghosts, candy, and dressing up for trick or treating, especially if you are Kenneth Branagh, attending a séance full of murder and suspense. After solving a “Murder on the Orient Express” and witnessing a “Death on the Nile,” Kenneth Branagh returns as Hercule Poirot for the third time in an all-new murder mystery based on the novel “Hallowe’en Party” by Agatha Christie, which is also the best of the three movies. In addition to reprising his role as Hercule Poirot, Kenneth Branagh returns to direct the three films in the series by making it a supernatural horror movie that is scary and creative with scares. Branagh delivers a fantastic performance as Hercule Poirot. Having now portrayed Poirot for the third time, Branagh portrays Poirot as a retired detective who is brought back into the field of action due to being invited to a séance by his friend Ariadne Oliver, played by Tina Fey, delivering an excellent performance as the Watson to Poirot’s Sherlock Holmes. The rest of the supporting cast, which includes Kyle Allen, Camille Cottin, Jamie Dornan, Jude Hill, Ali Khan, Emma Laird, Kelly Reilly, Riccardo Scarmarcio, and Michelle Yeoh all give excellent performances as the list of Hercule Poirot’s suspects. Thanks to Kenneth Branagh’s incredible direction, scary sequences, and fantastic performances from Kenneth Branagh and Tina Fey, “A Haunting in Venice” is the best of the Hercule Poirot series because instead of doing the same style as the two, Branagh went for a horror and supernatural vibe and by doing so adds more of a thrilling atmosphere to a mystery that is unpredictable and haunting just as the title of this film describes it.
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