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Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

Review by CJ

Director:
Kenneth Branagh

Starring:
Kenneth Branagh

Other notable appearances:
Michelle Pfeiffer, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Willem Dafoe, Tom Bateman, Leslie Odom Jr, Daisy Ridley, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Sergei Polunin, Lucy Boynton, Marwan Kenzari, Olivia Colman

Running time:
114 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Sherlock Holmes

 

When a murder takes place on the stranded Orient Express, it falls to the world’s greatest detective, Batma- I mean Hercule Poirot (Branagh), to solve the case.

I don’t often read other people’s reviews of things before writing my own. In the case of Murder on the Orient Express I accidentally happened across several articles from reviewers who, I was surprised to discover, loathed the film.

I found Murder on the Orient Express to be an enjoyable mystery with a classic feel to it and a talented all star cast.

I loved the story of Murder on the Orient Express. I was quite lucky to have avoided spoilers for a story that is 83 years old and hadn’t read the novel or its other film adaptations. I was trying the whole way through to decide whodunnit, but just couldn’t work it out. This made the ending even more spectacular. If you don’t know how Murder on the Orient Express ends then do yourself a favour and go see it now before it’s spoiled.

Kenneth Branagh is thoroughly enjoyable to watch as Hercule Poirot and I love the moustache. I know the moustache is a point of contention for some viewers, but I think it is fabulous. There is one gag about it and it is one of the funniest moments in the film.

The rest of the cast are all wonderful to watch as the train’s occupants. Though admittedly, with so much going on, not all of the characters get the screen time that they deserve. They all still have enough presence and time to get a general feel for who they are and what they are about, but it does feel rushed in some parts.

Overall, Murder on the Orient Express is a good quality mystery film with a talented cast and engaging story. Well worth checking out if you love classic mysteries.

Rating:

“My name is Hercule Poirot and I am probably the greatest detective in the world.”

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