Murder On The Orient Express (2017) – Hollywood is no stranger to remakes and adaptations and 2017 has received its latest with the most recent film adaptation of Agatha Christie’s ‘Murder on the Orient Express’. This murder mystery is sure to have your brain stirring trying to make sense of the character’s many clues (unless you’ve read the novel of course!).
Murder On The Orient Express
Directed by and starring the prolific Kenneth Branagh, the film delivers on his usual charm and quick dialogue. Coming in by his side is an incredible international ensemble cast with plenty of household names you’re sure to recognize. Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Michelle Pfeiffer all contributing to the supporting ensemble with an excellent performance from Star Wars newcomer, Daisy Ridley as well.
The writing for the film is probably by far its most extraordinary feature. Given charm by each of the talented actors, the dialogue never fails to deliver intriguing emotions and mystery throughout. Orient Express also does well in the accuracy category and remains mostly faithful to its source with very few significant diversions from the novel.
Particular praise needs to be delivered to Daisy Ridley for holding her own next to veterans and legends. Not only does she hold her own though, she delivers one of the most thoughtful and emotional performances of the entire cast and delivers a level of depth that some of the others lacked. Kenneth Branagh also delivers a stellar performance and clocking in by far the most screen time. He is able to make up for the lack of detail the other characters receive as result with his excellent charm and knack for dialogue that we’ve all come to adore.
The films shortcomings come in the form of lulls. While it never fully lets the suspense escape, there are periods where the film begins to feel one-dimensional. Like its main character, it meticulously focuses on camera placement and decoration which can take away from some of the suspense and leave you feeling disconnected. Overall, it’s not much to worry about though especially if you’ve never read the novel as the twists and turns come often enough to have you hanging on every word trying to figure it out.
Murder on the Orient Express may be a remake but it doesn’t fall short of expectations and leave you wanting more. With the endless depth of the cast and the witty dialogue, you’ll leave the theater entertained and fulfilled which is what going to the cinema is all about, isn’t it?