Based on Agatha Christie’s famous novel, the film revolves around the murder of a dubious businessman aboard the luxurious first-class compartment of the Orient Express. With almost every co-passenger being a suspect, Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot’s (Kenneth Branagh) sharp deduction skills are put to test once again.
Kenneth Branagh who plays the most crucial character of Poirot not only directs the film but also juggles between acting and directing.
However, he manages to infuse the necessary underlying tension, awkwardness, and silence between his characters with his dramatic mustache and an accent struggle to make this retelling of 1930s whodunit, appeal to the contemporary audience.
To set an entire movie in just one frame (train compartment) and yet make it look engaging is another challenge. Branagh wins some, loses some; like we wish the story played around their unspoken emotions a little more before diving straight into the investigation. Character buildup was hurried and might just be ineffective.
The way Branagh captures his characters as they steal a glance at each other is a treat to the eyes.
Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odom Jr., Daisy Ridley & Tom Bateman play their respective characters with ease. Michelle Pfeiffer and Branagh himself are a joy to watch, but what hurts is that talented actors like Judi Dench and Penelope Cruz get lost in the crowd.
Loaded with mysterious intentions, cheeky humor, clever repartee and an ensemble cast that comprises some of the cinema’s biggest names, Murder on the Orient Express makes for an intriguing watch. Strangers being stranded on a stalled train makes for a great premise, given the thrill of finding a killer lurking around.
Despite a few glitches here and there, a stellar cast and gripping source material, make this mysterious train journey a one worth taking.
We give it 3 stars with a kink!
Based on Agatha Christie's famous novel, the film revolves around the murder of a dubious businessman aboard the luxurious first-class compartment...3.0