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Despite Sewell and Kaya Scodelario - who plays the in-over-her-perfectly-coiffed-head wife 2.0 - selling every spooky undercurrent, all these questions resolve with an ending that's too purposefully oblique.
The worst thing you can say about Phelps' Christie adaptations, really, is that they often only barely qualify as mysteries-something The Pale Horse is equally guilty of.
For all its spills and thrills and delightful cameo performances, I felt distracted and a little bored.
It wasn't one of those series where bits and bobs didn't add up. Instead, nothing added up.
At the core of this corny and convoluted adaptation of the Agatha Christie novel lies a run-of-the-mill whodunit, an almost humdrum tale of bad blood and fiendish killing.
The Pale Horse does an adequate job with its re-interpretation of the story, although it sometimes falls short in trying to achieve the creepy, dark 1960s character piece it's aiming for.
The Pale Horse's ethos of horror violently inserting itself into apparently quaint British lifestyles is personified beautifully by Kaya Scodelario.
Phelps's take on the narrative is a leaner and fittingly paler beast that hurries on right to its stunning conclusion.
The zigzag plot is tricky to follow, but it's rich in period flavor, and [Rufus] Sewell has a Mad Men coolness.
The only argument I'll grant the reactionaries is the following: with fresh writing and production this bloody good, why the need for an adaptation, for a "source author", atall: other than to let the broadcaster sell it as "Agatha Christie's Pale Horse"?
Audience Reviews for The Pale Horse: Miniseries
Dec 13, 2020I thought this was a well acted take on the Agatha Christie novel. The twist ending was well set up and ambiguous, which I love. I'd recommend to anyone who has enjoyed other BBC Agatha Christie shows
Jul 12, 2020Good backstory to keep going
Jun 13, 2020Partiendo de una historia de Agatha Christie, la historia ya funciona, sin embargo se mueve un poco lenta.
Apr 28, 2020Everything that was great about the book, was bad about the show. Honestly, could not be more disappointed with the show. The book was interesting and the plot was intriguing. This show was vague, pointlessly and uselessly different, and was hardly anything worthy of an Agatha adaptation. Big disappointment.
Apr 24, 2020I can watch drunk, stoned guys anywhere, why spend hours doing it at home?
Apr 12, 2020Not bad, but it does feel like there´s something missing
Apr 06, 2020Just watched THE PALE HORSE. Ugh. Sarah Phelps is, it has once again been confirmed, a charlatan. Someone please make a proper adaptation of this novel to take away the unpleasant taste of Ms Phelps's twisted interpretation. And also perhaps pay for her to have some therapy. (Rufus Sewell's riveting performance notwithstanding, of course.)
Apr 05, 2020We were annoyed through both episodes. Hairstyles and costumes were a hodgepodge of eras. "Madonna wasn't around in 1961", so why was her platinum spiked hair in this..? There was even one mis-edited scene where the Jaguar was left-hand drive. Don't waste your time...
Apr 02, 2020"They always want the devil. Aren't we enough?" I like the middle path this version takes, neither throwing over the whole premise for supernatural murders nor accepting the tidy 100% rational answers. I think a lot of viewers have had trouble understanding the position and/or the way it maintains petty human nature as the greater evil, but I found it rewarding.
Mar 19, 2020Rufus Sewell is always wonderful and the production values were great BUT they changed almost every aspect of the story. Why buy the rights to the book written by one of the best storytellers ever, and then change everything. It made no sense and annoyed the heck out of me. Read the book.