Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Agatha Christie must be spinning in her grave...

Worst news I have heard all morning, Jennifer Garner has been cast to play Miss Marple, one of Agatha Christie's most beloved characters, in a Disney film. Horrible, horrible, horrible idea is all I keep thinking. I have nothing against Jennifer Garner herself, but the fact that Disney is trying to take such an iconic character and "reboot" her to give her a "youthful and modern spin" is atrocious!

Image Source: Wikipedia

The success of Miss Marple's character is due to who she is, an elderly spinster from a small country village. She is able to get people to confide in her, to trust her, because they underestimate her and always believe that she is slightly off her rocker because of her age. She is an observant woman who knows a lot about a person's character and what makes them tick because of her age and experience. So and so reminds her of a housekeeper she knew twenty years ago. Or an incident will remind her of a specific event that happened in St. Mary Mead forty years ago. I'd like to see how they intend on Jennifer Garner pulling off a similar personality and skills, not to mention the fact that Garner isn't even British. 

Or as Wikipedia points out:

"Miss Marple is able to solve difficult crimes not only because of her shrewd intelligence, but because St. Mary Mead, over her lifetime, has given her seemingly infinite examples of the negative side of human nature. No crime can arise without reminding Miss Marple of some parallel incident in the history of her time. Miss Marple's acquaintances are sometimes bored by her frequent analogies to people and events from St. Mary Mead, but these analogies often lead Miss Marple to a deeper realization about the true nature of a crime. Although she looks like a sweet, frail old woman, Miss Marple is not afraid of dead bodies and is not easily intimidated. She also has a remarkable ability to latch onto a casual comment and connect it to the case at hand" (Source).

Anyone else think that this is one of the worst ideas Disney has ever had? Would you watch this movie? Who would you cast as Miss Marple?


  1. What! A young Miss. Marple? That doesn't even make much sense. Silly Disney.


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