July 7, 2022

Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? | Present evaluation

Helmed by TV legend Hugh Lawrie and fronted by the outstanding Will Poulter, Agatha Christie adaptation Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? brings the traditional whodunnit components to the small display screen, with a splash of the author’s razor-sharp wit, for this three-part miniseries. Regardless of the expertise concerned on this mission, nonetheless, the present lacks the spark introduced by the core solid. The thriller unfolds at a tediously overdrawn tempo, which means that viewers might have checked out lengthy earlier than any solutions are revealed.

Like every Christie page-turner, the present begins with an ensnaring enigma. Bobby Jones (Poulter) discovers a dying man on the foot of a cliff whereas working as a caddy, presumably having fallen accidentally. Together with his dying breath, the stranger asks the eponymous query which locations Bobby within the centre of an ever-growing conspiracy involving hitmen wearing black, a rich household and presumably some shady goings-on at a sanatorium. With the help of buddies Frankie (Sing Road’s Lucy Boynton) and Knocker (newcomer Johnathon Jules), the trio start their investigation, uncovering surprising secrets and techniques alongside the way in which.

Poulter and Boyton’s performances are the primary cause to see this drama. Poulter suits the a part of a Welsh vicar’s son remarkably properly, his boyish charms having no hassle profitable over viewers earlier than the caper begins. Nonetheless, Boyton is the actual star of the present right here. The actor’s boisterous vitality and quippy supply are a joyous mixture that mark her character’s involvement as extra fascinating and entertaining than her accomplices’.  Each stars play off each other brilliantly, although the romantic side of their relationship is a severely undeveloped and pointless addition to proceedings.

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When the main focus isn’t on its primary stars, nonetheless, this thriller turns into a chore to sit down by means of. There’s loads packed into every hour-long episode, with essential discoveries marked with spectacular set items (a deliberate automotive accident being a primary spotlight). However between these moments, there’s loads of empty area stuffed with uninteresting exposition and go-nowhere subplots. Likewise, whereas the shiny and correct presentation makes for a largely inoffensive viewing expertise, it has the unintended downside of dulling the affect of hard-hitting topics raised additional down the road.

Because it stands, Poulter and Boyton’s sensational performances are the one factor stopping this Christie thriller from changing into a relentless bore.

Andrew Murray

Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? is launched on BritBox on 14th April 2022.

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