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Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
Genius Belgian detective Hercule Poirot investigates the murder of an American tycoon aboard the Orient Express train.
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Thanks for the memories!
One of my all time favorites.
I don't have all the words right now but this film is a work of art.
In truth, there is barely enough story here to make a film.
If you're going to attempt to direct a movie based upon a train maybe actually take a train. At least watch a movie that takes place upon a train. Maybe read the book. Completely missing the claustrophobia of a train, this debacle attempts to be stylish according to a nerd and CGI. The story that so pointedly got across the idea of an enclosed area with so many people as suspects that allows no one to breathe, has completely been missed here. People don't bump into each other. Nobody has to stand aside to let someone past. Instead the train scenes are envisioned by someone who thinks a truck could be driven through a train and nobody would even have to step aside as long as it looks cool on CGI.This was a movie that could have been shot exactly as Twelve Angry Men in a single room. Probably should have. But in the modern tradition where people need CGI to remain entertained and feel more isn't enough, it's about expected.Compared to crap like San Andreas this is an absolute masterpiece, but that's like being the tallest midget.
The original is so amazing but they butchered it so much here it is laughable. Watch the David Suchet version -- that one is a bone-chilling masterpiece.
I love Kenneth Branagh as an actor and director. His take on "Thor" was Shakespearean and he made it work. His take on "Murder on the Orient Express" was a hot mess. He had a stellar cast, a wonderful and well-known story, and he got in his own way. I know it is hard to remake a classic murder-mystery and give it a fresh take, but this was a serious fail. I hated the way Kenneth portrayed Poirot. I admit that when I read the book years ago, I figured out who the murderer was, but even so, I enjoyed the way the 1974 version strung the viewers along until the big reveal. In this version, the clues and solution pop up like memes or hashtags on social media. I am sorry I watched this and even more sorry to learn that Branagh plans to give "Death on the Nile" a go. If it's anything like his "Orient Express," I'll be rooting for Poirot to drown.
Have read the book, many times. Albert Finney and fellow cast members did a fantastically good job. This can only be described as the polar opposite. Miss Christie must be turning in her grave.