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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Keith the Critic Movie Reviews - Murder on the Orient Express


This movie is a remake of the original Agatha Christie novel.  It's the fourth time the movie has been made - first in 1974, again in 2001, and previously in 2010.  This version features an all-star cast.

The main character is a detective named Hercule Poirot who is played by Kenneth Branagh.  He is obsessive compulsive and bothered by things that seem out of place.  He catches a ride on the Orient Express on his way to his next case.  The other passengers include Pilar Estravados (Penelope Cruz), Gerhard Hardman (Willem Dafoe), Princess Dragomiroff (Judi Dench), Samuel Ratchett (Johnny Depp), Hector MacQueen (Josh Gad), Dr. Arbuthnot (Leslie Odom Jr), and Caroline Hubbard (Michelle Pfeiffer) to name a few.  When Ratchett is killed one night on the train, Hercule must determine who killed him.

I'm not sure why someone felt the need to make this movie again.  Four times is enough.  Kenneth Branagh directed this movie as well as starred in it.  I think his acting was good but he failed with the directing.  With all the big name stars, the overall impression of the acting was just OK.  The scenery along the train route was beautiful but the movie was not good.  Hopefully this will be the last attempt at a remake of Murder on the Orient Express.

I gave this movie 2 out of 4 stars. 

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