I’m super excited for today’s film talk! I have been waiting for the Murder On The Orient Express for months and finally it has arrived! The Murder On The Orient Express is today’s film talk.
This 2017 adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic murder mystery novel is directed by Kenneth Branagh and features of an all star cast including Kenneth Branagh, Johnny Depp, Judi Dench, Willem Dafoe, Penelope Cruz, Josh Gad and Michelle Pfeiffer.
I’m a huge fan of murder mysteries and a fan of Agatha Christie. I have read a few of her books and watched majority of the TV and movie adaptions of Miss Marple and Poirot. If you are completely unfamiliar with this whole concept and the movie let me give you a run down.
Inspector Hercule Poirot is – in his own words – probably the greatest detective in the world and he ends up aboard a train with strangers. Unfortunately the train gets trapped in snow and a murder is committed. Stuck on a train with a murderer on the loose, it’s up to Poirot to work out who the killer is.
Remember this film is a murder mystery. The identity of the killer remains a mystery until the very end and is one of those movies where you sit on the edge if your seat nearly screaming at the movie screen ‘WHO IS IT?’. (The conclusion is shocking is all I’m going to say.)
It’s funny because Murder On The Orient Express is the one books/episodes of the Poirot TV series that always seems to be adapted to a movie. Why this one? I don’t know and in any case, I’m glad it was remade into a movie again.
What’s also funny is too that I have seen previous adaptions of the film multiple times before and yet, I could not for the life of me remember the story, who was murdered, who the killer was. NOTHING. Not a thing. Which was great because I got to enjoy the movie as much as everyone else.
At first I was a little unsure having Kenneth Branagh play Poirot. Honestly David Suchet‘s portrayal was so fantastic that he will forever be Poirot to me. However, I was pleasently surprised at how much I like Kenneth as Poirot. He had the accent, his ‘eccentric’ ways and mannerisms and I thought he did a very good job. Still not David Suchet but a great successor.
Everyone played their roles perfectly and the acting could not be faulted. The scenery and set was absolutely stunning! I felt like I was back in the 1930’s on a first class train ride through the snowy mountains. (I later found out some of the scenery was filmed in New Zealand!)
Overall a very good film and a definite must see! I truly hope you enjoy the story as much as I did and I can’t wait for another Poirot adaptation. They hinted at Murder On The Nile so fingers crossed!
What are your thoughts? Did you like it? Was it your favourite adaption? Let’s start a discussion in the comments!