Agatha Christie has long been considered a master of the mystery novel, and her work is no stranger to the big screen. However, there’s never been a Christie adaptation quite like Kenneth Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express.
If you missed this whodunnit in theatres, it’s now available to stream, and we definitely recommend it for anyone who loves a good mystery, any of the talented actors involved, or outrageous facial hair. Branagh himself plays the genius detective Hercule Poirot, who boards a luxury train filled with fabulous people. One of these people is killed, and suddenly everyone becomes a suspect.
If, like us, you haven’t read Agatha Christie’s source novel, then you’re in for a wild ride. The film is filled with more twists and turns than you can imagine, and even the most seasoned Christie fan will find something new and exciting in this adaptation. Check out our top 5 reasons to see Murder on the Orient Express, and rent or buy it in the Cineplex store now.
1. A very stellar ensemble cast
Johnny Depp, Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Josh Gad, Penelope Cruz… must we go on? This film is absolutely stacked, with every role embodied by its actor. Depp is perfect as a sleazy art-dealing gangster with Gad as his harried alcoholic assistant, and Penelope Cruz nails the overly pious Spanish woman with secrets to keep. You’re not likely to see this exact combination of actors together ever again, so we definitely recommend you make the time to see this masterclass in action.
2. The twists and turns
We admittedly had never read the wildly popular Christie novel that the film is based on, so we truly had no idea how the film would turn out. The murder victim is not who we expected, and every time we thought we had an idea of who the culprit was, the blame would shift to another passenger. The ending caught us completely off guard, and made the film a truly shocking and exhilarating ride from start to finish.
3. The chance to experience the Orient Express
It is still possible to travel by rail in the same overly luxurious manner the film depicts, but air travel is definitely crowding the luxury travel market in the 21st century. There’s something very old-world about the beautifully appointed Orient, and as viewers we get to experience everything from the extravagant pastries to the almost comically lush first-class cars. The costumes are also all very richly detailed, and the overall production design adds to the sense that nothing good can happen when this many people with this much money confine themselves to tight quarters.
4. Michelle Pfeiffer as the perfect mysterious divorcee
We love Michelle Pfeiffer in everything she does, but she really nails her character in Murder on the Orient Express. She plays a mysterious American divorcee who becomes a key player in the murder mystery on board the train. We get the idea from the start that her character is not what she seems, and it’s a treat to watch her performance evolve.
5. Star/Director Kenneth Branagh’s moustache
Did you seriously think you would get through this article without hearing about that moustache? Come on. You know us better than that. Kenneth Branagh’s fake moustache is… a sight to behold. It seems to defy the known laws of physics, and is the type of shocking blue-grey colour that has never appeared on the body of a human. However, we admit that we can’t imagine Inspector Poirot without some sort of ridiculous moustache, and it genuinely does suit his meticulously over-the-top character. The mystery here shouldn’t have been the murder; it should have been how and why does that moustache exist?
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