Film review: Murder on the Orient Express

After almost a month in cinemas across the globe, Kenneth Branagh’s 2017 recreation of the 1934 crime thriller novel, ‘Murder on the Orient Express’, written by Agatha Christie, has received a profusion of praise from audiences and theatre critics alike. Branagh directs as well as stars in the film.

The story follows a world-famous detective, Hercule Poirot (Branagh) on a quest to uncover the culprit of a grisly murder that takes place while he is aboard the Orient Express, along with fifteen other passengers. Boasting a cast which includes Johnny Depp, Willem Dafoe, Michelle Pfeiffer, Judi Dench and Penelope Cruz, the film carries the sheen of a project delivered by the truly experienced. Christie’s original tale of grief, forgiveness and mercilessness is told with integrity, style and historical honesty. It is a film that encompasses good storytelling, welcoming audiences into a fictional world where they are unsure who they can trust. ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ leaves audiences asking questions throughout the entire film, and just as you think you have solved the mystery, a plot twist is revealed and you have to continue on your quest to connect the dots.

The film itself is aesthetically beautiful, incorporating talent from all sectors: cinematography, costume and makeup, editing, soundscape and acting. Although realistic in design, a modern aestheticism also adds appeals to a contemporary audience. ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ is not one to be missed by film buffs or crime enthusiasts alike.

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