Director: René Clair
Starring: Barry Fitzgerald, Walter Huston, Louis Hayward, Roland Young, June Duprez, Mischa Auer, C. Aubrey Smith, Judith Anderson, Richard Haydn, Queenie Leonard
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
“Best of an island is once you get there – you can’t go any farther…you’ve come to the end of things…”
René Clair’s film is probably one of the best book-to-film adaptations; that is something quite extraordinary, especially for that time. I wanted to watch this movie a couple of years ago, but I didn’t read the book, one of the best Agatha Christie’s books. So, a month ago, I started the book, which was finished in just 2 days. I loved how she created and maintained the suspense and tension.
After that, I watched the film, which was pretty good, although I had imagined differently some scenes and characters. I have to mention the ending of the film is not like the ending of the book. I liked both endings but a little bit more, the one from the book.
If you don’t know anything about the plot, I’ll try to summarize a little bit. So, ten people, without any connections between them, receive a message from a mysterious man called U.N.Owen. He tells them to come to an isolated island, and spend a couple of days there. They accept, and what might seem a perfect and quiet weekend turns out to be a terrifying nightmare. One by one, they’ll start to die mysteriously according to an old poem – Ten Little Indians.
The actors are pretty good, but none of them is out of the ordinary. They focused more on the story on the suspense, which was a great choice, in my opinion. The dialogues contribute a lot to the story-line. Barry Fitzgerald (who plays the judge) is very interesting at this part, most of the dialogues being around him.
I’d recommend reading the book first and then watching the movie, but if you don’t have time, or if you are not a book lover, watch the film directly. I hope you’ll like it! Stay safe and enjoy it!