Murder On The Orient Express (2017)
Critic Consensus: Stylish production and an all-star ensemble keep this Murder on the Orient Express from running off the rails, even if it never quite builds up to its classic predecessor's illustrious head of steam.
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as Hercule Poirot
as Pilar Estravados
as Gerhard Hardman
as Princess Dragomiroff
as Hector MacQueen
as Edward Masterman
as Dr. Arbuthnot
as Mrs. Hubbard
as Mary Debenham
as Pierre Michel
as Countess Andrenyi
as Count Andrenyi
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There's something quaint and comforting about this film and its brand of old-fashioned storytelling, where coincidences are extremely likely, everyone somehow knows a countess, and a man puts honor above all else.
I left the theater with two items on my "To Do" list. First, book a trip for myself on the real Orient Express. Second, rewatch the 1974 movie.
Branagh's retelling of the classic Agatha Christie tale is visually sumptuous yet otherwise inert, a series of what are essentially cameos by performers far too gifted to waste their time like this.
While Branagh's revised version retains the basic elements, the mistakes he makes are numerous.
Contriving somehow both to dawdle and to rush, "Murder on the Orient Express" is handsome, undemanding, and almost wholly bereft of purpose.
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Despite the amazing cast, almost everyone is wasted (and Kenneth Branagh looks pathetic as a cartoonish Hercule Poirot) in this watered down adaptation made to look like a major Hollywood production: full of special effects but witless and ridiculously solemn at times.
This is a decent watch if you're not familiar with the story. While this film isn't outstanding or special in any way, I enjoy an average murder mystery more than a slightly above average (insert another genre here). Kenneth Branagh puts on a fun performance and the story keeps you guessing like Agatha Christie only can. It's a simple, straight-forward mystery, that would be fun to watch with the whole family.
Take my opinion with all the caution you need when I say this: I'm not a fan of Agatha Christie mysteries. Sacrilege, I know, but I just don't find enjoyment from a mystery that is too convoluted, oblique, dense, and purposely unable to be solved until the clever detective explains everything. That's not a mystery that engages an audience; it's a problem that is followed by an intermediate period of downtime. Murder on the Orient Express is a remake of the 1974 Oscar-winning film, this time with Kenneth Branagh directing and starring as Christie's brilliant Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot. The original film's appeal wasn't the story (see above) but in spending time with the colorful suspects played by many older actors decades removed from their Hollywood peak. It was scenery chewing of a first order. The 2017 Orient Express has some slick production design and requisite big name actors but that's about it. There are a few alterations here and there but the big moments are the same as is the ending, which means it's another mystery primarily of obfuscation. I just don't find these fun to watch. I wasn't bored but I wasn't really involved. It failed to provide ways for me to connect, to put the clues and pieces together, and confused volume with development. The new actors feel wasted, especially Judi Dench. I was most fascinated by Branagh's extensive mustache that seems to have grown its own mustache. If you're a fan of Poirot, Christie, or the original film, there will probably be enough in this new edition to at least tide you over. I wasn't too sad to get off this train by the end. Nate's Grade: C+
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