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Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
Hercule Poirot, the best detective in the world decides to leave on the Orient Express. The train accidentally gets stopped because of the strong snow. Little did he know that a murder was planned and that a person on this train was able of commiting such crime. Will he solve this murder before the train starts working again?
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Kenneth Branagh directs and stars in a remake of Sidney Lumet’s Agatha Christie adaptation, alongside Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Michelle Pfeiffer and Judi Dench.
When the biggest difference between the new version of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express and its 43-year-old predecessor is arguably the size of the respective Hercule Poirot’s moustaches, one has to wonder as to the pressing need for a remake. All the same, director-star Kenneth Branagh has delivered a version of Agatha Christie’s 1934 murder-on-a-train mystery gem that may not be as starry but is snappier than the highly successful 1974 outing. Given the confined nature of the material as well as its period-specific aspects, this is a yarn that does not exactly invite radical reinterpretation. As such, its appeal is confined to the traditional niceties of being a clever tale well told, with colorful characters that are fun to watch being made to squirm by the inimitable Belgian detective. Moderate box-office results would appear to be in store for this Fox release that chugs out on Nov. 10.
Now as then, the roster of luminaries brought aboard for Sidney Lumet’s uncharacteristically lush entertainment looks pretty astounding, beginning with Albert Finney as Poirot and also including Ingrid Bergman, Sean Connery, Vanessa Redgrave, Richard Widmark, Lauren Bacall, Anthony Perkins, Jacqueline Bisset, Michael York and Wendy Hiller. Nonetheless, seen today, the film definitely takes its own sweet time with things, and the fact that Bergman won a best supporting actress Oscar for her work in a relatively drab role is utterly confounding; there’s nothing special about either the part or performance.
So perhaps it’s no coincidence that refashioning that role, by casting Penelope Cruz, is among the relatively small number of alterations screenwriter Michael Green has made in reconceiving this new edition. The other notable change lies in the introduction of a black character, Dr. Arbuthnot, played by Leslie Odom Jr., as a substitute for Connery’s army colonel. Neither reconfiguration makes much difference in the bigger scheme of things.
Indeed, the most immediately noticeable distinction between the two versions is the size and design of the inspector’s moustaches. While Finney’s growth was a modest wee thing, Branagh’s brush provokes one-of-a-kind fascination. The salt-and-pepper tendril sweeps back from above his thin upper lip at least halfway to his ears, while a dabble on the middle of his chin adds an exclamation point. The creation is immaculately tended to, particularly at night, when it’s carefully protected by a special moustache mask, certainly the most important item in the impeccably attired investigator’s suitcase.
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