Adapted from Agatha Christie’s famous novel, ‘Murder On The Orient Express’ tells the story of Hercule Poirot, a famous Belgium detective, who has to solve a mysterious murder involving 13 suspects on a train. This crime film was directed by Kenneth Branagh who also happens to be playing the role of Hercule Poirot.
I had the chance to watch this movie at the avant-premier, so I am very happy to release this review at the time of the official release date and let you know whether you should watch it or not. Well, you should definitely watch it, if like you Johnny Depp and/or crime movies but I must say that I was slightly disappointed.
The story itself is based on a novel but I really liked how it was executed into a live-action film. The complex plot was written in a way that we, the audience, understand what happens, process the information and in order to feel like we are solving the murder with Hercule Poirot, which I think is really cool. Moreover, the plot was neatly written, it was very well constructed and developed, I don’t feel like the scriptwriter rushed the information or missed some important parts of the story.
Note that I read the novel like 10 years ago, so I forgot everything!
The main thing that I loved in this film is the visuals: the cinematography and the production design. This film was really, really well shot, some of the shots are just breathtaking and meticulously chosen. Furthermore, the cinematography captures beautifully the landscapes of Israel, Turkey and Slovenia of the 1920s. On another note, the production design, and costumes, were very well executed in a way that fairly represents the 1920s, using warm colors such as brown and beige.
This film stars famous actors/actresses like Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penelope Cruz, Judi Dench, Willem Dafoe and Kenneth Branagh nevertheless I don’t think this film represents their best work. In fact, I thought their acting was artificial and not believable; there is something off with their acting, but I don’t know what exactly. My mother actually hated all of them, except Johnny Depp, she thought he was amazing and I agree: this is not his best performance, but he is definitely my favorite character.
Also, I didn’t like Kenneth as the detective, his acting is okay but honestly, that role is not for him.
In conclusion. this film is not a must-watch but I personally enjoyed it. Moreover, this is not your usual commercial film because it’s not an easy watching film, it requires concentration but it’s also not a ‘casse-tête’.
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