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 Poiret, Hercule Poirot
as Pilar Estravados
as Gerhard Hardman
as Princess Dragomiroff
as Hector MacQueen
as Edward Masterman
as Mrs. Hubbard
as Mary Debenham
as Pierre Michel
as Hildegarde Schmidt
as Countess Andrenyi
as Count Andrenyi
as Biniamino Marquez
as Dr. Arbuthnot
as Young Boy
as Hotel Waiter
as Armed Policeman
as British Military Escort
as Arab Shipmate
as Old Turk Baker
as Matre d'
as Sleeping Car Attendant
as Italian Fan
as Salon Barman
as Head Waiter
as Dining Car Sous Chef
as Kitchen Car Sous Chef
as Station Master
as Police Captain
as Track Foreman
as Colonel John Armstrong
as Sonia Armstrong
as Police Captain Newsreel)
as McQueen's Father
as Yugoslavian Police Officer
as British Military Officer
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Critic Reviews for Murder On The Orient Express
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.
Audience Reviews for Murder On The Orient Express
What's the attraction in Agatha Christie's fantastical revenge fantasy based on the real life story of the infamous kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby? Undoubtably it's the story's requirement for a large cast, thus enabling the stars to crawl out as if it were award season, all looking for the red carpet. This particular production, guided no doubt by the earlier ones, squeezes the full court press out of the thing and, in my humble opinion, is the best one to date. "They don't make 'em like they use to," goes the old complaint, and yet this work spits that view out the back window of a speeding luxury train. One for a rainy afternoon.
It's not great, but it isn't terrible. The amazing cast isn't enough to make this an amazing movie!
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.
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