Murder on the Orient Express

Certificate 12A

(2017) 115 mins

Director: Kenneth Branagh
Writer: Michael Green, from the novel by Agatha Christie
Cinematography: Haris Zambarloukos
Production Design: Jim Clay
Music: Patrick Doyle

ABOUT

Kenneth Branagh directs and stars in this new version of Agatha Christie’s novel, in which the Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot finds himself stranded on a snowbound train in company with thirteen strangers and a corpse.  There cannot be a person in the world who does not know the outcome, so the fun will be watching a cast of top-notch performers including Judi Dench, Derek Jacobi, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer and many more go through their paces. 

REVIEWS

Central to everything, of course, is Poirot, and while Branagh isn’t wholly convincing when it comes to the Belgian brainiac’s lighter side (the borderline OCD perfectionism, the off-the-cuff quips), he’s an impressively commanding presence once he gets his teeth into the small matter of solving the case. . . .  Against all odds, an awkwardly slow beginning and a ludicrous novelty draft excluder above his lip, he manages to pull it off (not the moustache, unfortunately, by any definition of the phrase). His is a Poirot with steely dramatic chops, not least during the brilliantly staged dénouement and its attendant moral conundrum. . .  Characterisations aside, this is a gloriously sumptuous visual feast, with cinematographer Haris Zambarloukos serving up a real chocolate box of a movie unencumbered by too many soft centres. Whether it’s the claustrophobia of the well-appointed bunks and buffet cars or the splendour of the snowbound exteriors, the surroundings are as integral to the narrative drive as any of the would-be assassins.  Radio Times

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