And Then There Were None (1945) - 5 stars out of 10
How dare they change the ending to this story!!!! Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None” has one of the most epically awesome endings in history. It is one that makes you scratch your head at the story’s impossible conclusion, only to be saved by Christie’s genius addition of a Postscript by the killer. I am so offended that this ending has been changed, even though the change was made by Christie herself. I understand that some details had to be changed due to the strict censorship of this time period, but the altering of the ending destroys the integrity of the story. It would figure that my favorite novel would not have a good cinematic interpretation. That being said, this film is a much better interpretation of the story than the 1965 snowstorm version. Each actor’s performance is average or better, the island creates the perfect atmosphere, and each murder is treated in a way that is surprising while remaining family friendly. Even though the ending is ruined, Christie’s amazing character-driven story still plays out perfectly over the first 85 minutes of the film and it is worth watching. While this is an enjoyable film, it only acts as a supplement to the book instead of a substitution. I would never recommend watching this film before reading the book because the story deserves to be told the right way.