Murder on the Orient Express (2017) Film Review

Image Courtesy of 20th Century Fox

Image Courtesy of 20th Century Fox

By Spencer Schaffer

All aboard! Looking for a powerfully innovative theatrical adaptation of a literary classic?

Based on Agatha Christie’s original mystery novel, Murder on the Orient Express (2017) is a heart-thumping, mind-warping puzzle of lies, deception, and surprises. The complex plot was artfully engineered, the effects were of pristine quality, and the acting was flawlessly clean, to the extent that one may have thought at the height of suspense that these characters were quite real. But alas, it is only fiction. Of highest regard and with the most impressive performance was Kenneth Branagh, lead actor and director, who played the majestically perfect Detective Hercule Poirot. Branagh’s delivery was utterly convincing and satisfying, as he sewed together hints and clues to surmise the murderer’s identity and the means by which they committed such a crime, something only “the best detective in the world” could pull off. Poirot’s intensely intentional facial expressions, thick French accent, and obnoxious perfectionist demeanor was a challenge well met by Branagh and executed on a level of true professionalism and originality.

Hop on board and take a seat, because this train waits for no one. Oh and one last thing--choose your friends wisely.

Kenneth Branagh directed and starred in the film

Kenneth Branagh directed and starred in the film

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