“Everyone is a suspect”
- What is this movie about?
When a murder occurs on the train he’s travelling on, celebrated detective Hercule Poirot is recruited to solve the case.
- Why should you (maybe not) watch this movie?
If you haven’t read the original novel nor have watched the 1974 movie, you will like the movie. But if you are an Agatha Christie’s fan or have done one of both before mentioned, there is a high chance that you won’t like the movie (as that is my case).
This movies highly differs form the original source material. Here we are presented with Poirot solving another case before embarking on the Orient Express. Then we are presented the characters in a very rushed way and finally the crime happens and the action begins. Yes, there is action. And the question we are all asking ourselves is: Since when Poirot and action are on the same page? Since now, apparently. Instead of following the path that the previous (and brilliant) installment did, which is: there is a murder, then we spend the whole movie solving it following Poirot inquisition; here there is too many adding that don’t add anything to the story: chases, going out of the train, going back in, questioning this one, questioning the other one, and worst of all: and indecisive and lovesick Poirot. And I can only ask: why!? Why!!!?
Then we have the whole cast. It is clear here that they wanted to do as in the old movie, bring a huge international known cast (more or less) and make a masterpiece. Sorry, but nope. Having many movie stars doesn’t mean having a good movie, and here we have the perfect case. Personally, none of the cast members gives a good performance of their characters. which is normal, seeing as they changed the characters and made them less interesting than in the novel.
Finally, there is the story. The character introduction is a bit of a mess up, pointing out things about the characters that are irrelevant and adding more things than necessary. Moreover, the whole movie too much americanized, it doesn’t have the tension or the interest that an Agatha Christie work would have: too much action, too many unnecessary kind of cliffhangers and the way of solving the mystery too rushed and too dramatic. Again, unnecessary.
The movie will be a unforgetable one with the time. If you really want to enjoy a good work, go watch the 1974’s version of Murder on the Orient Express, there you will appreciate what is reuniting a star cast. You can watch both trailers below to judge by yourselves.
- Did you know?
– Regarded as one of Agatha Christie’s greatest achievements, Murder on the Orient Express (2017) was first published as a novel in 1934.
– The very first publication of the story was in a six-installment serialisation in the Saturday Evening Post in 1933 in the US, under the title, Murder on the Calais Coach.
– The original Orient Express route (from October 4, 1883) was from Paris to Giurgiu (Romania).
– The story was inspired partly by an incident in 1929 when the Orient Express was trapped in a blizzard in Çerkezköy, Turkey, where it was stranded for six days. Two years later Christie was involved in a similar scenario when she was travelling on the Orient Express and the train got stuck for a period of time due to heavy rainfall and flooding, which had washed away part of the track.
– In real life there was one actual murder on The Orient Express. Maria Farcasanu was robbed and murdered by Karl Strasser, who pushed her out of the moving train, one year after Agatha Christie’s book was published. Also, in 1950, Simon Karpe disappeared from the train under suspicious circumstances involving espionage; some elements inspired Ian Fleming’s From Russia with Love.
– Much of the cast and extras are made up of Kenneth Branagh’s closest friends and acquaintances, with many of them having either been directed by Branagh in his previous projects, co-starred with Branagh in a film or theatre production, and/or have been a member of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company.
– Penélope Cruz’s character is named Greta Ohlsson and is of Swedish descent in the original novel. The new name chosen for the character (Pilar Estravados) is taken from Agatha Christie’s 1938 novel ‘Hercule Poirot’s Christmas’.
– Character positions in a shot near the end of the movie, with all the suspects sitting at a long table in the mouth of the tunnel mimics the exact positions of the figures in DaVinci’s painting “The Last Supper.”
– At the end of the movie, a messenger informs Poirot that he is needed in Egypt on solve a “death on the Nile”. Death On the Nile is the title of another Hercule Poirot mystery novel and upcoming movie.