Death on the Nile ★★★★

Did it take three goes for me to get the appeal of Poirot movies or is this one just substantially better than MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS and EVIL UNDER THE SUN? I think the latter, as there's some really striking blocking and camera movement here, but more to the point, Poirot's cartoonish nature is dialed back to the point where I finally believe him as a human being, a brilliant detective, and an object of mirth all at once. Also helps that I'm used to the pacing and structure, and that the protracted drawing room denouement has a seriously unexpected barb in its tail.