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Monday, June 7, 2021

Movie Review - Crypt of Tears, Change of mail service

First came the Australia-based historical mystery novels by Kerry Greenwood, then the television series, finally the movie.  The popular series about the personal and professional life of Phryne Fisher (played by Essie Davis), a glamorous private detective in 1920s Melbourne, was first broadcast on ABC on 24 February 2012.  The television series quickly garnered a strong fan base and has been aired in over 100 countries and territories.  

Going from television to the big screen: 
A Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign was launched to raise funds for a film version of the popular television series (with the promise by Essie Davis that she was on board) on September 2017.  The Kickstarter campaign met its goal of $250,000 in less than 48 hours with excited fans donating what they could afford. Then, an additional ongoing crowdfunding campaign was begun through IndieGoGo in December 2017 to allow fans to continue supporting the effort.  Filming officially started in October 2018 and was wrapped by 27 November 2018.

Many donors got to have cameo appearances in the movie, mostly in the party scene as well as the author Kerry Greenwood who is sitting at a table with a bearded man getting their photo taken.

Movie description
After rescuing a young girl (Shirin) from her unjust imprisonment in Jerusalem, Phryne Fisher begins to unravel a mystery concerning priceless emeralds, ancient curses and the truth behind the suspicious disappearance of Shirin's forgotten tribe and two murders.  The adventure takes Phryne and Jack to Jerusalem, London, and the Palestinian dessert.

My thoughts:
The movie successfully makes the transition from a television mystery series to a dramatic movie mystery adventure.  Phryne Fisher is still flaunting 1920's notions of a woman's place in her stylish fashion and free-spirited attitude.  The relationship between Phryne and Inspector Jack Robinson picks up several months after the last television episode, which is a big bonus for fans of the show.  The film removes Phryne from Melbourne Australia and puts her on more of a global backdrop.  There is more action and more danger in the film.  This Phryne is a smidgeon of Indiana Jones adventure mixed into her television persona for a bigger and bolder production.  There are two murders to solve and a curse to end.  This is a fun movie to indulge in for the sheer fun of Phryne and Jack on a grand adventure.  A "must" for fans and for those wanting a fast paced mystery adventure.

The official movie trailer

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