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Published February 27th 2020
Romance, glamour, costumes, mystery and adventure
Light, fun, escapist entertainment
If you're after something light and escapist, with flashy retro costumes, a dash of romance and mystery and a strong female lead, sit back and be entertained by Miss Fisher.
Set in the 1920s, the plot, which features eye-catching destinations and action footage including Jerusalem, a camel-trek through the desert and London, centres on Miss Fisher helping Shirin, a young woman from a Bedouin village. Along with rescuing Shirin from unjust imprisonment in a Jerusalem jail, amateur sleuth Phryne Fisher sets out to solve the mystery of an amulet and other treasures, ancient curses and a series of deaths, connected to the murder of Shirin's tribe.
Nathan Page plays Fisher's off/on love interest, Detective Inspector Jack Robinson.
For those who don't know, Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears is a spin-off movie from the popular ABC TV series Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, based on Kerry Greenwood's detective novels. Several of the characters in the TV series appear in the film, including the lovely Essie Davis (Miss Fisher) herself.
An interesting tidbit: the film was partially crowdfunded by fans.
A weakness of the film is the dialogue between Phryne Fisher's dull aristocratic friends, who fail to engage. Its strength is its lavish sets, a sense of fun and Miss Fisher's wardrobe changes.
But, the main appeal of the Aussie-made mystery adventure is the delightful Miss Fisher herself – played with aplomb and sparkle by Essie Davis – and the freshness of a strong yet attractive mid-age range female leading a genre of film normally reserved for male studs. Think Indiana Jones with lipstick and frocks.
The film reminds me of champagne and crackers: enjoy it but don't think too deeply about it.
Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears opens in Australian cinemas on Thursday 27 February. See it and judge for yourself.