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Film Review—‘Murder On The Orient Express’ A Railway Excursion To Die For

Posted: Friday, November 10, 2017 – 12:04 PM

By Adam Sherman

On Jan.1, 1934, Agatha Christie released the eighth novel featuring Hercule Poirot, Murder on the Orient Express. It would go on to become one of her most famous pieces of literature, and serve to inspire many more “trapped on a transportation device with a murderer” stories. It would go on to be adapted by the legendary Sidney Lumet into a star-studded, Oscar-winning feature four decades later. And yet, that begs the question – can lightning strike twice? And could Kenneth Branagh, director, co-producers and star (Thor, Sleuth), be the one capable of conducting something so majestic?

The answer is yes.

After attending to a case in Jerusalem, Belgian detective Hercule Poirot (Branagh) decides to go on holiday, and opts to take the Orient Express on the way back to London. Mid-way through the trip, the train winds up stranded, and one of the passengers, Edward Ratchett (Johnny Depp) is found dead. Poirot must figure out who could have killed Ratchett, how, and why before the killer can strike again.

Branagh manages to craft a stunning, engaging, lovely whodunnit. All the performances work well (special props to Branagh and Michelle Pfeiffer), the score is beautiful and, at times, haunting; the sets are gorgeously designed (seriously, you’ll be wishing you were on that train, too, murder or not), all the scenes are framed beautifully, and all the sounds are crystal clear.

In short, everything balances out perfectly.

Book your cabin, and go see this movie, now!

Ranking: 8/10

Murder on the Orient Express is distributed by 20th Century Fox and will arrive in theaters today

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