What the heck was Branaugh thinking? Watching this flick, you'll wish Poirot got knifed, instead of Mr Ratchett. Its an excellent wrap-up and I was emotionally impacted by it. The train accidentally gets stopped because of a small avalanche. Little did he know that a murder was planned and that a person on this train was able of committing such crime. If I had, I probably would have avoided this terrible ego trip. As much as the Murder on the Orient Express book is appreciated as a classic, I came into this movie without knowing the story. If I were much younger, I would not hunger for the movies from the Directors Period in the 70s and 80s when they were allowed to make Great Movies rather than only the money-men.
In Theaters November 10, 2017 Director: Kenneth Branagh Screenplay by: Michael Green Based upon the Novel by: Agatha Christie Produced by: Ridley Scott, Mark Gordon, Simon Kinberg, Kenneth Branagh, Michael Shaefer, Judy Hofflund Cast: Tom Bateman, Kenneth Branagh, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odom, Jr. No, Ken, you didn't have to mutate Christie's story to pander to today's audiences. I may be biased with the old film and honestly cannot recall the book, by the book. Johnny is so benign looking. Little did he know that a murder was planned and that a person on this train was able of committing such crime.
Although the story remains fairly true to the 1934 novel of the same name by Agatha Christie, this third screen adaptation following adaptations in 1974 and 2001 is a bit of a mess. No I have never read the book, or seen a film that was made over 40 years ago, but I do love the 'myster' genre and this film didn't disappoint. To my knowledge Branagh is a Shakespeare lover, let me quote this. Poirot gets a vessel from Istanbul, where he makes the colleague of a Governess Mary Debenham Daisy Ridley while likewise on board is a youthful dark specialist named Arbuthnot Leslie Odom Jr. What he has made out of Poirot, it's just unbelievable. She appealed to people's humanity and intelligence, creating one of the most popular characters in the history of literature, not to mention a pantheon of assertive female characters and humane male characters, breaking stereotypes 80 years ago that, unfortunately, still survive today.
With so much star power, I made the mistake of not reading reviews first. Acest film ne spune povestea a treisprezece straini blocati intr-un tren. From the opening piece, set in Istanbul which has nothing to do with anything, with regard to the plot, till it's exceptionally tedious laughable end, taking place in a tunnel in a snow covered mountain, you just won't believe your eyes. But the biggest downfall of this movie is that much like the train the characters are travelling on, the movie takes a while to start picking up steam. Kenneth Branagh who is the worst Hercule Poirot in history.
And this new version, Directed by ego-magic Branagh, and starring a so-so cast, with some stellar actors, all being decimated by this production is downright tragic. When a sudden massive avalanche blocks the tracks, trapping the passengers in the locomotive, the gruesome murder of a commuter in his cabin will force Poirot to solve a conundrum where everyone is a suspect. Hercule Poirot, the best detective in the world decides to leave on the Orient Express. Not a single character in the movie is likable. I went in with mixed feelings and the fear that this would be a typical horrible Hollywood remake, well it wasn't. Va reusi oare acest detectiv sa rezolve la timp misteriosul caz si va putea sa previna alta tragedie? So, I liked Poirot and you needed a charismatic character at the centre because the other characters don't get developed much until the murder goes down.
The film starts with a relatively entertaining light-hearted action sequence which brings Poirot to the forefront of the story-line. Watch 1978 John Guillermin version. I appreciated the fact that Johnny Depp pulled back a little as Ratchett but he still borders overacting. Michelle Pfeiffer sold out in her role as Caroline, it was nice to see her again. The ingredients of Ms Agatha's recipe were all there so what happened? The train accidentally gets stopped because of a small avalanche. Sure they added to the background stories of the characters but why shouldn't they? Albert Finney played Poirot and he was delicious and got an Oscar nomination for it.
It relies on Branagh and the beautiful vistas to carry it and while I remained interested, I think a lot of people will be mentally checking out. The director gives none of them a chance to shine. Don't get me wrong I think that Kenneth Branagh is a fine actor and director. Basically because he never has any legitimate conversation with any of the major characters to determine what happened and why. This beautifully constructed film filled with marvellous actors who are dressed in gorgeous timely costumes and set to work in spectacular train compartments and asked to use a perfect script will leave many cinema-goers anticipating more.
I read the 1934 novel decades ago and again more recently. This is an adult movie though; the trailer makes it look there's going to be more action and there isn't. Un detectiv din belgia, Hercule Pairot, investigheaza misterul unui magnat american ucis la bordul legendarului trenm: Orient Express. One of the passengers informs Poirot that he has been receiving anonymous threats and asks Poirot to act as his bodyguard. And now, so do I.
I enjoyed it immensely and will absolutely watch it again. But, it quickly goes downhill from here. As director and leading actor, Branagh has turned this movie into one of the most excessive, narcissistic films ever made. Diane and I viewed this beauty of a film this afternoon, and we both thoroughly enjoyed a magical cinema event: I use these words because the movie takes you out of your own reality and places you in another world that is not macabre or dangerous but filled with beautiful people, costumes and settings. Just like any great detective thriller, we don't know what's going on and we must unravel the mystery just as Poirot does. Star turns, none to be found, excitement in the plot, 0.