Murder on the Orient Express Review

Before going into this version of the Agatha Christie classic, I had already seen the 1974 version as well as the 2010 made for TV version, so I knew what I was getting into, but I was excited because of the fantastic cast as well as Kenneth Branagh’s style being added to the tale.

When world-famous detective Poirot is on his way to have a break from cracking cases on the Orient Express, when one night a passenger on the train is murdered during the night. Poirot sets to solve the case and work out which of the other passengers committed the crime.

Kenneth Branagh, who directed the recent live-action Cinderalla and brought us the first Thor film, adds his great style and colour to the great story, using the beautiful setting in the mountains as a back drop and even certain shots on the train were really well done. He also brings a great performance as the famous detective, I wasn’t sure about the moustache, but the accent is perfect and he really comes into his own as the character. There were times we Branagh tries to bring moments of comedy through to his version of the character, which sometimes landed but there were some that really didn’t and felt odd.

The rest of the cast was mixed. Obviously, the film is casted well, but some people managed to deliver better performances than others, I found Daisy Ridley and Leslie Odom Jr were two people who struggled at times but got better as the film went on, but you have to remember it is very early in Daisy Ridley’s career, this being the second film of her career, where she is faced with even more of Hollywood’s best actors. However, Michelle Pfeiffer and Kenneth Branagh were stand outs as the strongest actors in the cast, and it was nice to see Johnny Depp in a role where he didn’t need to be over the top.

An odd choice for me was the opening scene, setting up the character of Detective Poirot makes sense for the audience who don’t know the character but it felt forced on and didn’t work for me, making Poirot beyond clever and being able to see the future.

I do understand that if you are unfamiliar to the story then this might not be the best version of the story to watch, the story is great but this version of the story makes the conclusion a bit confusing for people who don’t know what’s going on.

Overall, despite being a solid attempt at the retelling of the famous story, it didn’t hit all the marks it could have to be a better film and easier to follow for people unfamiliar to how the film concludes.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

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