It wasn’t big on my to-watch list, but when I was asked to go to Kenneth Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express, I could not say no. Who doesn’t love a good murder mystery after all? Murder on the Orient Express is based on the the novel of the same name by Agathe Christie and stars many big names such as Judie Dench, Michelle Pfeiffer and Johnny Depp. The ingredients are there, but is the film worth watching?
What is Murder on the Orient Express about?
The plot centers around detective Hercule Poirot, who is the best detective in the world. He is desperate for some peace and quiet, when a murder is committed on the Orient Express, where he happens to be present. It is up to Poirot to solve the complicated mystery and bring justice to the victim.
It makes you think
Murder on the Orient Express is not as action-packed as the title would suggest. In fact, there is not that much action in it at all. The film has changed a couple of scenes to make sure the film was a little more exciting than the book. But if you are looking for a film that is exciting, look elsewere. Murder on the Orient Express is a film that keeps you on the edge of your seat if you allow it to. Almost every single scene contains a clue. When the resolution comes around, you understand why certain things happened the way they did. It is a film that does train your brain in a way, as everybody is a suspect. There were times I thought I understood who the murderer was and the motive, but then I turned out to be wrong. That kept the film interesting for me.
Another thing I enjoyed were the beautiful scenes. Cinematically, this film is very well made. It uses different camera angles then most films do. An example is the time a scene uses the bird point of view, which makes you look down on the characters. Considering the small space the film takes place in, this makes sense. It was an interesting viewpoint. Good thing was that the scenes transitioned seamlessly into each other. It made the film easy to watch.
But not only the camera work was done well. The entire atmosphere of the film was very pleasant. The costumes and make-up looked amazing too. Every single detail was well-thought out, which made the film all the more enjoyable.
A great cast
While the film features many heavy-weights in the acting world, Daisy Ridley stole the show. She is most famous for her role as Rey in the Star Wars reboot. However, in this film she shows he is capable of taking on different characters without breaking a sweat.
I really enjoyed the other cast members as well. Michelle Pfeiffer as the seductive woman. Judi Dench as a grumpy princess. Johnny Depp as a gangster. It all worked very well. Naturally there will be some people who will take issue with Johnny Depp in this film. However, he does not necessarily have a large part. The film is worth seeing regardless, as it is very entertaining and different from other current films in theatre.
While Murder on the Orient Express is certainly not perfect, it is a very enjoyable watch. Especially for those who enjoy detectives or play Clue on a regular basis. And if the story does not interest you, there is still plenty to see. A sequel is already in the works, so this is a film you should not miss.