Murder On The Orient Express (2017)
Critic Consensus: Stylish production and an all-star ensemble keep this Murder on the Orient Express from running off the rails, even if it never quite builds up to its classic predecessor's illustrious head of steam.
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as Hercule Poiret, Hercule Poirot
as Pilar Estravados
as Gerhard Hardman
as Princess Dragomiroff
as Hector MacQueen
as Edward Masterman
as Mrs. Hubbard
as Mary Debenham
as Pierre Michel
as Hildegarde Schmidt
as Countess Andrenyi
as Count Andrenyi
as Biniamino Marquez
as Dr. Arbuthnot
as Young Boy
as Hotel Waiter
as Armed Policeman
as British Military Escort
as Arab Shipmate
as Old Turk Baker
as Matre d'
as Sleeping Car Attendant
as Italian Fan
as Salon Barman
as Head Waiter
as Dining Car Sous Chef
as Kitchen Car Sous Chef
as Station Master
as Police Captain
as Track Foreman
as Colonel John Armstrong
as Sonia Armstrong
as Police Captain Newsreel)
as McQueen's Father
as Yugoslavian Police Officer
as British Military Officer
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The actors here try too hard to flesh out roles that are little more than stock types.
There's something quaint and comforting about this film and its brand of old-fashioned storytelling, where coincidences are extremely likely, everyone somehow knows a countess, and a man puts honor above all else.
Branagh's retelling of the classic Agatha Christie tale is visually sumptuous yet otherwise inert, a series of what are essentially cameos by performers far too gifted to waste their time like this.
While Branagh's revised version retains the basic elements, the mistakes he makes are numerous.
Contriving somehow both to dawdle and to rush, "Murder on the Orient Express" is handsome, undemanding, and almost wholly bereft of purpose.
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The beginning of the film is perfect, an exotic location, a neat little introduction to the character, the sequences conjures up images of the great adventures of Lawrence of Arabia or even Indy Jones. Then we are getting on the train. The cast is amazing, of course, so is the narrow setting of the train and cinematography. Once Poirot starts investigating, things flow rather perfectly too. What's missing is a major shock or twist, at least if you're somewhat familiar with the story. They did a little action sequence here or there, but in the end the result is entertaining but a bit underwhelming.
Held onto the rails by visually stunning direction, effective performance from Branagh and cast, Murder on the Orient Express provides a solid pay-off even if its second act will have you thinking of the destination and not the journey. 3/5
What's the attraction in Agatha Christie's fantastical revenge fantasy based on the real life story of the infamous kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby? Undoubtably it's the story's requirement for a large cast, thus enabling the stars to crawl out as if it were award season, all looking for the red carpet. This particular production, guided no doubt by the earlier ones, squeezes the full court press out of the thing and, in my humble opinion, is the best one to date. "They don't make 'em like they use to," goes the old complaint, and yet this work spits that view out the back window of a speeding luxury train. One for a rainy afternoon.
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