Reviewed bymac-33983Vote: 9/10/10
I will highly rate this film for several reasons.
First, this is George Simenon, a 1st class writer. Second : RowanAtkinson understood the role, the character and the script.
This is a Filme Noire at it's best. The fact that it involves murder isof little consequence, this is about character portrayal, this is alook into the reasoning and understanding of the personas of people andtheir solitudes, their anguishes, their souls, their darker depths..
In my personal opinion Rowan Atkinson nailed Maigret in a contemporaryformat. He was subtle and did not overplay. My image of Rowan hascompletely changed, this man can act, he feels, sees and behaves hisrole.....
But the film was not just Rowan Atkinson, it was an entire cast, it wasa Mise En Scene as it should be... This is exemplary of what can stillbe done today outside of the glamour of Hollywood..
Living in France I have obviously seen the Maigret films and episodesand this film in no way undermines not fails the originals...
Well done to the screen writer, director and cast for producing a downto earth and deeper portrayal of what has become customary, well donefor taking a step aside and giving us something to watch that goesbeyond the superficial...
Although this will never become a classic, it is definitely worthadding to any repertoire...
Reviewed bymanoleanuroman-36453Vote: 9/10/10
Since this is my first Maigret I was impressed with the film. I thinkit is amazing how nice everything looks, especially the costumes andcars, the details are astounding! I can't comment on music, as I didn'teven notice it, was too mesmerized by the image and story. Maybe somescenes were too long, but in general it was of a right length. I am abig fan of Rowan Atkinson, since The Blackadder series so I may bebiased, but I really enjoyed this crime series. I remember when I wasyounger I even adored Murder She Wrote :)). Anyway, it's nothing likeCumberbatch' Sherlock, but it has it's own charm, I highly recommendit! I believe we can never have enough murder mysteries!! I'm off towatch Gambon's Maigret now, see what the fuss is all about! Cheers!
Reviewed byhaurobVote: 9/10/10
I have never heard about Maigret before, so i must admit my reason forwatching was Rowan Atkinson. After watching a few minutes, i came tothe realization, that this would not be entertaining in the same waythat i have gotten to know Mr Atkinson. Putting that aside, i was ableto start enjoying the story and the twists. The story was actually abit "out of the box" and believable characters. It was one of thebetter police/detective stories i have seen in years, albeit not beingmy genre. If you would like to turn off your Facebook, chats and allelse, this will be an entertaining little show(?) to watch. Its not toolong, neither too short.. and overall good quality in all aspects.Enjoy.
Over a five month period in 1955 four women are stabbed to death in Montmartre after dark, a prostitute and a midwife among them - women with nothing in common beyond being brunette. Justice minister Morel leans on chief Inspector Maigret to catch the murderer and Maigret sets a trap, using policewoman Marthe Jusserard as a decoy. She survives an attack, sartorial evidence leading to married mother's boy Marcel Moncin, whom Maigret arrests. However whilst Moncin is in custody there is a further murder and Maigret looks to Moncin's family to help solve the murders.