This is the fourth episode, in case you consider this a series, or the third sequel (well, terminology), and the one I liked the least. I am not sure if because I knew the story (I’ve read the book) or if my predisposition was just different this time.
The cast is great, the acting good, the atmosphere authentic. But I do not think that the story was well told. Although I’ve read the book, I did not recall completely the history, and I confess that, at the end, I did not really understand the history. I had to think about it, trying to remember the book, to be able to glue parts. This is the first time I needed such a thing (and in fact, the first time I could do it). Again, reasons can vary…
In any case, if this year we have any other episode, I would watch it happily.
For the second episode, or second movie, as you prefer, of Maigret, with Atkinson as Chief Inspector Jules Maigret, it wasn’t so strange to see Mr Bean as a serious character. In fact, given he is older, and not grinning with that stupid smile, I can bare him as a serious character. Regarding the movie itself, the plot is not brilliant, but just another Crime story. While there are some nuances, I do not think they are good enough to define this as a great story. Nevertheless, the Parisian ambient of the previous century is very good.
Well, first the obvious: seeing Rowan Atkinson in a serious role is kind of difficult at first. But you get used to it, and Rowan shows he is not just Mr. Bean.
Regarding the movie itself: getting a known character from a book series is quite hard. If one can try to find an actor that suites the role, I think that it was not the case. As one of the books of Maigret shows, “Maigret” is not “magro” (thin), but rather a little fat. That is not true with Atkinson performing the character. The second things I miss, is that Maigret, from the books, has a special kind of humor (can’t say dark humor, but a subtle form of humor) and, in this movie, Atkinson has so much fear to be funny that Maigret ends out as a sad policeman, a thing that is not really what is presented on the original books.