Hercule Poirot is called in to investigate an important diamond that was purchased for the wealthy, arrogant Arlena Marshall, who turns up dead while on her honeymoon with her husband and stepdaughter at a tropical island hotel.
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Smooth production values even-out an otherwise perfunctory murder mystery with plot mechanics almost as improbable as the women’s holiday outfits. The melange of Porter tunes works surprisingly well. Powell's costumes are a visual treat.
Amusing; as always when Peter Ustinov is Hercule Poirot. The way he talks (extremely polite), the way he dresses (extremely conservative), the way he eats (extremely self-indulgent), the way he thinks (extremely logically & intelligent) and the way he behaves (unbiased & incorruptible) is very much enjoyable. Same applies to Albert Finney in "Murder on the Orient Express". A delight.
In my opinion, EVIL UNDER THE SUN is better than DEATH ON THE NILE. Because it didn't feel overlong like that 1978 movie. At two hours, this movie succeed to entertaining audience with its intriguing mysteries and kept them excited. All of the actors/actresses have the proper timing to show their talent. But EVIL UNDER THE SUN is one level below MOTOE. Because the cast isn't as spectacular as the 1974 movie...
Gradevole trasposizione della Christie di Hamilton,che non raggiunge livelli di altri lavori,ma grazie alla leggerezza e all'ambientazione "feriale" conduce in porto una buona storia,con i personaggi legati tra di loro come in altre vicende analoghe. Ottimo il "dipanarsi" finale,con Ustinov-Poirot autentico mattatore.