Phryne Fisher’s appeal – first on the page in the books by Kerry Greenwood and then in the TV series that was licenced to more than 120 countries – isn’t just her uncanny ability to solve complex crimes and attract trouble. It’s an attitude – confidence, daring and a justified disregard for silly rules made by men for the benefit of men and the status quo. And she always looks amazing while doing it. Margot Wilson’s stunning costumes catch your eye – whether it’s a bold red dress suit standing out in a sand-coloured Jerusalem marketplace or the mauve cloche hat sitting atop her head.
Wenlei Ma, News.com.au
The film’s true jewel is, of course, Essie Davis, who sparkles in the title role. She’s always a joy to watch, gamely embracing the action sequences and sashaying through the talky parlour exposition with verve and plenty of dry good humour.
Mel Campbell, ScreenHub