Murder on the Orient Express

One to watch, a mystery to figure out!

Kenneth Branagh gets my usual kudos for anyone starring and directing his own film. Agatha Christie is one of the most well respected mystery writers of all time. He had that to uphold as well his own character who was funny, intelligent, and highly attentive to detail. In my opinion, he has created a film the masses can enjoy that pays due respect to Christie and her quirky lead inspector.

This film has a “cast of thousands,” just look at the top three listed below. You can see the rest in the photo I’ve posted. That alone is not a reason to see a film. A great story that’s masterfully woven through the film is definitely one. We can’t quibble with the mystery’s ending since it is the brain child of a master. I will say I had it figured out fairly early on. Still, the camera work, what Branagh chooses to include and leave out are all fun to watch. I was surprised what an action filled mystery this was. I recommend it to fans of the genre.

8/10

Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
PG-13 | 1h 54min | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 10 November 2017 (USA)
When a murder occurs on the train he’s travelling on, celebrated detective Hercule Poirot is recruited to solve the case.
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Writers: Michael Green (screenplay by), Agatha Christie (based upon the novel by)
Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe

Published by Damien Riley

I post film reviews both written & audio. I'm a writer & podcaster, BA/MA English from Cal State Fullerton. Based in: Victorville, CA, USA My film review site is rileyonfilm.com

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