In 1930s Europe, legendary detective Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) probes a murder that occurs aboard the luxury train known as the Orient Express. As the thirteen passengers grow paranoid that the killer will strike again, Poirot realizes there's more to the case than meets the eye. Branagh also directed this adaptation of the iconic murder-mystery novel by Agatha Christie. Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odom Jr., Michelle Pfeiffer, and Daisy Ridley co-star.~Jack Rodgers
Agatha Christie: an intimate portrait
Commentary by director Kenneth Branagh and screenwriter Michael Green
The movie was good.Good cast of actors good story not better than the original from waay back..
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
A very satisfying murder.
Owned for 3 months when reviewed.
There has been over one version of Dame Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. This is the latest big-screen movie and many viewers who old enough may have seen the 1970 version with the biggest movie stars of its day. Sir Kenneth Branagh directed and played the lead part in this version and he did well. Many people talked about his prominent mustache and for a while, I could not look away either.
They changed some major characters or even eliminated them. I was open-minded when I watched this one in beautiful 4K Blu-ray format. Unfortunately, I never read the book and I could not help comparing this to the 1970 version, and another one that was made for the television show (played by the famous David Suchet) but I didn‘t care for it.
Michelle Pfeiffer played Caroline Hubbard to the teeth. Her character got everyone together to do the good deed. Dame Judi Dench was wonderful as Princess Dragomiroff. Johnny Depp wasn‘t too bad, but I hoped that he would be a nastier character so when the gang stabbed him. And yet, I found myself in tears when I finally reached that scene. The Rachett character was a horrible man. (Agatha Christie based this story on the kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh's son.) He destroyed many people. They took it upon themselves to revenge for their loved ones and was almost a joy to see him killed. I was ready with a bucket of popcorn and was cheering on when it finally happened (amidst a piece of exquisite piano music that oddly started playing.)
This is an enormous production. I enjoy watching it on my 75 inch 4K LG screen and have not been to movie theaters in years. Either I rent a disc, or I buy them because I want to see it more than once—and this version I have seen twice already. It was on sale at Best Buy and I appreciated being able to own a hard copy for myself to watch when I want. This version looks and sounds wonderful—they put extensive postproduction into place compared to the 1970 version which technologies were not available. I enjoyed either version—differently, and I know you will, too, if you are a Christie fan.
Not going to lie the film is very long and at times felt like they didn't need to spread out so many on going scenes. I liked the cast so i immediately bought the Blu Ray. After watching it I was in shock that It held my attention that long a lot of dialogue mostly the scenery was nice though. I enjoyed all the suspects and clues and finger pointing. I would definitely watch again.
This was a good movie. I can usually figure out the ending before the movie is half way over but this one I didn’t FULLY figure out until the ending was revealed. I watch so many movies that this was a nice change of pace to keep me guessing till the end. It is a little slow so be prepared if you buy this one
I must say I was pleasantly surprised. Of course, it's not perfect, and sometimes Branagh overdo it a little, but whoever likes the genre will be captured by the fantastic atmosphere and will not be bored, because Branagh has been able to put some pepper on the story. His Poirot convinced me and the old glories like Judy Dench, Willelm Defoe and Johnny Depp do their job and do it well, but in my opinion the most interesting notes come from the young people: I personally loved Josh Gad and Daisy Ridley, but the real surprise was Sergei Polunin: I mean, for those who saw him performing as dancer, it's not a real surprise, but it's really hard to believe it was his first time in a movie! He has given to his character this melancholy, turbulent and passionate aura, halfway between a Shakespearean prince and James Dean. His expressions, his little gestures, the way he looked at his wife, he made me feel like a teenager who cannot wait to buy his poster and stick it over her bed! And let me say, that guy definitely knows how to "handle" a woman as well as he can deliver a kick! As usual, more the critics hate a film, more it worth to be seen.
Murder on the Orient Express is well adapted film based the classic Agatha Cristie story with a excellent cast assembled for the various characters all stuck on a train when a murder takes place. Kenneth Branagh directs and stars as detective Hercules Poirot who pieces together the elements of the crime to determine the perpetrator. The 4k Blu-ray looks and sounds great and with luck more of the adventures of Poirot from other Christie novels will find their way to modern film adaptions.
I believe this has been done at least twice before but here we have a modern stellar cast of actors and another retelling with hints of more to come (a certain Nile adventure) Poirot's absurd mustache may distract some, but apparently it's closer to the way described in the books. A fun classic.