LOS ANGELES, November 10, 2017 – 20th Century Fox just released Murder on the Orient Express, which can be described as a chilling success. Despite what many critics say.
The Agatha Christie book is the basis for the film, which is about a man being murdered on the Orient Express, leaving the remaining passengers as suspects.
The film boasts an all-star cast including actor and director Kenneth Branagh, Daisy Ridley, Penelope Cruz, Josh Gad, Michelle Pfeiffer, Judi Dench, Willem Dafoe and Johnny Depp. It’s usually a big risk to remake a classic and so it was a smart choice to appoint Branagh as the director because of his experience of remaking classics such as Henry V and Hamlet.
The Crime Scene
Murder on the Orient Express leads with Detective Hercule Poirot, an obsessive-compulsive detective who is desperate for a vacation. But his trip on the Orient Express, en route from Istanbul, comes to a sudden halt when an avalanche stops the train in its tracks. And wouldn’t you know it, there’s now a dead body on board. Someone has been stabbed a dozen times and every one of the passengers in that train car – except for Poirot, of course – is now a suspect.
The cast sizzles as they are given their moment to shine as each one is interrogated by Poirot one-by-one. Murder on the Orient Express speeds along at the right speed to give us enough time to take in the sites while also building up the suspense as it heads to the final revelations by Poirot.
Branagh shines both in front of and behind the camera because he plays with the cast so well and delivers a deep prologue that adds weight to Poirot’s legacy. Kenneth Branagh has so much strong chemistry with his cast, that he staged them like Da Vinci’s Last Supper. Branagh captures the action just right, giving even the smallest moments depth and making them captivating.
While Murder on the Orient Express is a remake, Branagh’s creativity shines as he creates a dynamic film and is as delightful as the original and even more in some ways. Branagh has created a riveting remake, leaving you wanting to see more of Poirot’s adventures. The film may not draw in a new generation of fans, it will keep Agatha Christie fans satisfied.