The purists will go on and on about why they need to remake everything (myself included). But this is a gorgeous film – just hop on for the ride. Wonderful production design and interpretation. Strong ensemble. Fantastic script, though no one involved can take credit for that!
Ultimately, Branagh delivers a thrilling ride through the mountainous snowscapes, making this first-class ticket as opulent as it is chilling. And despite a few missteps, this train is still worth jumping aboard.
The result is a dazzling work of art that is alternately fun to watch and hard to shake; the very definition of must-see filmmaking and worth every penny viewers pay.
A lavish trip through Europe quickly unfolds into a race against time to solve a murder aboard a train. When an avalanche stops the Orient Express dead in its tracks, the world’s greatest detective – Hercule Poirot – arrives to interrogate all passengers and search for clues before the killer can strike again.
Gorgeous scenery and train details, pretty good cast, and while you may know whodunnit, Agatha Christie’s plotting is still a delight. While it is hard for me to accept anyone other than Peter Ustinov as Hercule Poirot, Kenneth Branagh certainly gives it the old college try. So as long as you don’t mind some poetic licence with the main character, this film is a treat for Christie fans and for fans of early 20th century glitz and glamour.
USA 2017, 113 min, rated M (adult themes)
Directed by Kenneth Branagh
Starring Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Penelope Cruz, Johnny Depp, Willem Dafoe, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Josh Gad & Derek Jacobi