Murder on the Orient Express Review

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Murder on the Orient Express Review

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It has been 43 years since the last major adaptation of Agatha’s Christie’s detective novel, Murder on the Orient Express, which was published in 1934.  The 1974 adaptation was received with critical acclaimed and is regarded as one of the best in the mystery genre. Personally, putting this as a disclaimer, this is a review that is coming from an individual who has not read the original source material or seen the 1974 film adaptation, though as a result of this film it has made me interested in looking into them. Thus, the 2017 Murder on the Orient Express film adaptation from director Kenneth Branagh is a fun ride from start to finish, making it one of the most enjoyable films to watch on the big screen this year.

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Murder on the Orient Express has the audience journey with the great Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, that after solving a case, wishes to take a break from his detective work. Soon he is approached with a telegram about an impending case from London, and his friend Bouc, which is the director of the Orient Express, offers him a place on the train. Overtime while aboard the Orient Express, in the middle of the night a murder takes place, claiming the life of one of the passengers, shortly after an avalanche causes the train to derail causes the train to be stalled until help arrives. So during this period of time, Hercule must find which of the remaining train passengers committed the murder.

The cast of the film is full of star talent with the likes of Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, and Daisy Ridley to name a few. All of which deliver stellar performances, and bring the film to life which is essential for a film of this caliber that is so actor focused. Kenneth Branagh’s take on the genius detective, Hercule Poirot, is truly entertaining and left us with wanting more in the best possible way, as it brings a light-hearted elements to the film that is very much welcomed.

The film’s pacing is good as it steadily progresses throughout Hercule’s investigation while keeping the audience engaged at all times. Some action scenes, however, do feel rather out of place, but do not take up too much runtime as it quickly regains its focus on the murder case. Character interactions are well-done, as the story continues their behavior changes as the case reaches for its conclusion, which by all means, is a great pay off from the suspenseful build-up that the film gathered up to that crucial moment.

Overall, Murder on the Orient Express brings great detective fun that has a solid cast to deliver the story that it is based on to the big screen to be enjoyed by everyone. While this film is not one of the best films of 2017, it offers value well worth the price of admission and leaves the audience with a memorable experience for years to come.

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