A lavish train ride unfolds into a stylish & suspenseful mystery. From the novel by Agatha Christie, Murder on the Orient Express tells of thirteen stranded strangers & one man’s race to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again.
The word “sheer” is missing from the beginning of the title. Like a dusty and long-locked display room in Madame Tussauds, this movie showcases an all-star cast in period costume, each of whom must suppress his or her star quality in the cause of being part of an all-star cast. It is a new version of Agatha Christie’s 1934 detective mystery, one of her most ingenious, all about a grisly killing on board a train that is marooned in snow. The story arguably has something to say about the nature of guilt and the nature of authorship. Kenneth Branagh directs and plays the legendary Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot with an unfeasibly large ’tache, accessorised with a demi-goatee beneath the lower lip and a pepper-and-salt colouring overall, like the hair of former ITV World of Sport presenter Dickie Davies. Poirot says things like: “The keelaire eez meurking me.
Country: United States
Category: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Release Date: 3 November, 2017
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Starring: Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley, Michelle Pfeiffer
Age Restriction: 18 years
Duration: 109 minutes
Murder on the Orient Express is a 2017 American drama-mystery thriller film directed by Kenneth Branagh and written by Michael Green
Brand new character have arrived for 20th Century Fox’s Murder on the Orient Express, just in time to further amplify the film’s mysterious intrigue. Based on author Agatha Christie’s 1934 mystery novel of the same name, this new big screen adaptation arrives just over forty years after Sidney Lumet brought the tale of murder and suspicion to the big screen with his 1974 film adaptation, starring Hollywood icons like Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman, and Albert Finney.
The 2017 version will follow a similar trajectory in terms of its stacked cast. Directed by five-time Oscar-nominee Kenneth Branagh (who will also star as the film’s lead character, Inspector Hercule Poirot), Murder on the Orient Express is a who’s who of A-list Hollywood stars as well as up and coming talent. Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Judi Dench, Penelope Cruz, and Willem Dafoe will be on-board for the journey, along with Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Josh Gad (Beauty and the Beast), and Lucy Boynton (Gypsy), among others.
Murder on the Orient Express tells the tale of a train journey on the glamorous Orient Express train line, which originally traveled from Paris to Istanbul, with numerous stops in between. The story is set in the 1930s and focuses on a murder that takes place during the journey, in the middle of a heavy blizzard. Christie’s recurring character of Hercule Poirot is on-board the train at the time and is tasked with solving the mystery of the murder. As the storm intensifies, clues appear to be everywhere (as evidenced by the film’s recent promotional site) and everyone is a suspect.
While Murder on the Orient Express isn’t geared to be a CG-filled extravaganza, complete with explosions and non-stop action, it does have the right ingredients in place to pull off being both a critical favorite and crowd-pleaser to boot. Branagh has his work cut out for him with this offering – not just because of the success of the 1974 film adaptation, but also due to the tremendous cast involved this time around. And while a movie like this often focuses on a very specific demographic, there is always the possibility of a crossover hit here, should audiences find enough in Murder on the Orient Express to appreciate.
With less than a month to go before Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express hits theaters, the film will be arriving just as the late-fall holiday movie season begins to kick off. It’s been a very long time indeed since a murder mystery found success at the box-office. That might all change should Murder on the Orient Express find its mark come November.
Considered by many as one of the most ingeniously crafted stories ever published, Agatha Christie’s ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ has stood the test of time (it was published in 1934) and a handful of cinematic iterations to retain its place in the pantheon of great whodunits’.
Most who haven’t read the book may be familiar with filmmaker Sidney Lumet’s adaptation of the classic mystery which was released in 1974. In Hollywood though, no film is old or important enough to be remade or as I like to call it, ‘reheated’ and this time around veteran Shakespeare director, Kenneth Branagh, is taking a stab at adapting the famous novel.
The story is fairly simple. Thirteen passengers travelling across Europe on the Orient Express find themselves front and centre of a murder mystery after one of the passengers is mysteriously murdered. Everyone is a suspect and the self-proclaimed greatest detective in the world, Hercule Poirot, also played by Branagh, is ready to solve the case.
The trailer doesn’t do much, other than efficiently set-up the story which is also what it is supposed to do. It gives us an introduction to the eccentric Poirot as he walks through the train cabin examining the 13 passengers one by one, mentally referring to them by their designations and making clear his intentions of catching the killer.
The trailer ends with Imagine Dragons’ ‘Believer’ playing in the background, which seems like a bit of an odd music choice, but according to the studio, gives an important hint regarding the story. I’m someone who isn’t particularly fond of Hollywood’s continuing fetish with remaking old films. But in the case of Murder on the Orient Express, it could actually benefit from a polished redo simply because of how interesting and fun the entire story is. Lumet’s 1974 adaptation is enjoyable for what it is, but it is also heavily flawed and not necessarily a sacred property like most films being remade these days
Perhaps it is worth mentioning that the cast is particularly star-studded. Apart from Banagh, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfieffer, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Daisy Ridley, Olivia Colman and Judi Dench are all part of the cast.
I also feel with a director such as Branagh at the helm, who truly respects the source material and has already directed two immensely successful and faithful adaptations of Hamlet and Henry V, there’s a good chance that this film will be very good.