3:45pm, Monday 24 March 2003
Gina and I were impressed at the number of household names in this film, and we enjoyed the lovely filming of the house, but...
It's a bit of a one-important-scene film. There's a lot of introduction of characters and presentation of background information, and then there's the murder, and then it's just a case of untangling the motives. Which, given the film is over two hours long, feels like a drag at times. We thought some of the characters should have been dropped, to make it shorter and less confusing... ("Who's he?" "He's Ivor Novello." "Oh, I thought he was the butler.")
Oh, and Stephen Fry looked like he was hamming it up at a fancy-dress party rather than solving a murder.