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Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears

Based on the novels by Kerry Greenwood, ‘Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries’ enjoyed a stellar 3 series run on the ABC. Its biggest asset was Essie Davis who successfully embodied the character’s feisty appeal. The way she handled her private and professional life while solving murders became a huge hit. Harking back to the 1970’s where several Australian TV series were adapted into movies, ‘Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears’ continues the murderous enjoyment audiences are keen for.

When she frees an innocent young girl in a prison in Jerusalem, detective Phryne Fisher unearths a big mystery. Involving priceless emeralds, ancient curses and a mysterious disappearance, she has her work cut out. Travelling from London to Morocco, help is on hand from her friend Detective Jack (Nathan Page) and Aunt Prudence (Miriam Margolyes). Skulduggery swiftly ensues as Miss Fisher investigates her most dangerous case yet.

Directed by Tony Tilse, ‘Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears’ should please die-hard fans. The movie is basically a slightly enlarged episode of the TV series with an added overseas locale thrown in. It mostly works although one wishes it felt more like an actual film than another TV episode. That’s not faulting the cinematography, music or everything else as the series’ high quality is evident with a genuine mystery making it difficult to workout whodunnit.

‘Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears’ wouldn’t work without Essie Davis. A very talented actress, she knows how to have fun with the role whilst having the dramatic gravitas the role requires. Page, Margolyes and the rest match her skills in not over-playing the arch screenplay where lesser performers would turn the movie into a bad pantomime.

There’s not much more you can say about ‘Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears’. It offers a diverting free hours in the cinema with a light touch amidst the murderous mayhem. You can’t ask too much from this type of work as it’s an enjoyable souffle in which the leader character would be happy to indulge in.

Rating out of 10: 7

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