Maigret Sets a Trap is a screen adaptation of one of Georges Simenon’s detective novels about Jules Maigret, chief inspector of the Paris police. The story is about a series of murders of dark-haired women in vicinity of Montmartre. Because there’s little to no evidence to find the killer, and the tension in the community is growing as the time goes by, Maigret has to take a risk by setting a trap.
This is a good movie: it’s very carefully executed on every level, most of all – on the directorial one; the acting is rather amazing, especially that of Rowan Atkinson, who is much more interesting as a dramatic actor than a comedian (at least, to me); and, I think, the depiction of Paris is very authentic, even though it’s the Englishmen who did it, and all the characters are talking in English as well. All in all, it’s a subtle, quiet work, very much within the limits of the genre, which is probably its biggest flaw, but seeing that it comes from the literary basis, it’s inherent and therefore is a part of the deal. Personally, I enjoyed the movie, it was quite entertaining, and I think that the work done by the film production crew is fascinating, but its exceptional affiliation with the genre makes it not interesting enough for me.
Released in: 2016
Directed by: Ashley Pearce
Written by: Stewart Harcourt
Performed by: Rowan Atkinson, Leo Staar, Shaun Dingwall, Alexander Campbell, Beth Cooke, Zsófia Rea, Colin Mace, Hugh Simon, Leo Hatton, Ian Bartholomew, Katie Lyons, Jack Johns, Matt Devere, Aidan McArdle, Rufus Wright, Lucy Cohu, Eva-Jane Willis, Rebecca Night, David Dawson, Fiona Shaw, Christopher Bowen
Entertaining quality: 4+ out of 5
Art quality: 4 out of 5
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