Murder on the Orient Express


Review: A murder takes place on a train, it is detective Hercule Poirot’s job to solve the case.
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Actors: Kenneth Branagh, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Paapa Essiedu, Asan N’Jie, Michael Rouse, Elliot Levey, David Annen, Joseph Long, Andy Apollo, Hadley Fraser, Daisy Ridley, Leslie Odom Jr., Ziad Abaza, Tom Bateman, Josh Gad, Johnny Depp, Derek Jacobi, Judi Dench and Olivia Colman
Year: 2017
Genre: Crime, Drama and Mystery
Conclusion: 3/5
This is regarded as one of Agatha Christie’s greatest achievements, Murder on the Orient Express was first published as a novel in 1934. The first thing I have to say about this film is that I did find Kenneth Branagh’s moustache a bit off-putting to start off with. I wanted to just pull it off. I found it to be too much like a dead rats tale!! I couldn’t help but feel that he was also showing off a bit and felt that he was in love with his own performance too much. It was all about him at the end of the day. I did find the film to be too long. After about 40 minutes into the film I thought the film started to drag and lose its way a bit. After about 20 minutes on from that it did then start to pick up and get better. It is a great cast although not many of the actors had many lines to say or were in it an awful lot. The actor that has the least to do is Johnny Depp who only has about a five minute walk on part if that. The one thing I would say though is that all the actors looked like they were enjoying themselves and being part of each others company. Angelina Jolie was originally attached to the project but dropped out. The cinematography and the way the mountains were filmed was astonishing. This has made me want to watch the 1974 version of this film so I can then compare them both. It was a fun and enjoyable film to watch. It is also a film that the whole family can sit down to and watch. 


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