My Thoughts on: Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

Murder on the Orient Express is a movie based on the Agatha Christie novel of the same name. A story of a murder on a train, the story is a true classic. The movie itself follows the same basic plot as the book (some characters are removed), but the film is very good nonetheless. Based on several reviews, it was a good movie to watch.

I am so embarrassed that it took me 4 years to finally watch Murder on the Orient Express. Don’t ask me why it took so long, I honestly have no idea why I skipped this movie in the theater (although I suspect my schoolwork played a role in that decision). The good news is that I did sit down for it tonight and watched it on YouTube at the recommendation of my friends, and I’m very glad I did. Murder on the Orient Express is based on the novel of the same name by Agatha Christie, in which famed detective Hercule Poirot is tasked with solving the murder of a passenger on the Orient Express while on his way to London for another case. Given the circumstances, the crime seems impossible at first, but Poirot soon discovers that everything in this case is not as simple as it seems, and that his long-held notions of justice are seriously compromised by the end of the case. word-image-11334 First, I was blown away by the excellent cast of this film. This is a talented ensemble cast. The legendary Kenneth Branagh plays Poirot (and brilliantly), as well as Daisy Ridley, Leslie Odom Jr, Josh Gad, Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Derek Jacoby and many others. And everyone plays it attractively, even Depp, who, admittedly, is not my favorite actor. Branagh as Poirot is by far my favorite part of the film. I know almost nothing about the Poirot character, so his eccentricities were totally new to me, and they all fascinated me, especially his fascination with getting two hard-boiled eggs of exactly the same size. Then there is the setting of the film itself. From 1930s Jerusalem to Istanbul and the train itself, I love all the visual details in this film. It’s a sensual film in the best sense of the word: I can almost smell the bread in an Istanbul kitchen, feel the rumble of a train, sense the texture of all those beautiful surfaces and fabrics. What more can I say about how visually appealing this film is to me? Everything about this film gives the feeling of a bygone era when train travel was a luxury that it no longer is. That’s not to say there isn’t more luxury in train travel, but it’s not the same. It was a luxury to touch and feel in every detail and I couldn’t get enough. It’s a movie I’ll watch over and over again to appreciate those little details, I know. word-image-11335 And then there’s the plot, which slowly but surely drew me in. I’ve been a die-hard fan of the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes for years, but after seeing this movie I’m starting to think I was wrong to ignore Poirot all these years (nothing personal, I just never had a reason to discover him). I know the movie changed some details of Christie’s original novel, but I know the resolution of the case is more or less the same. If most of Christie’s Poirot stories are like this, or at least similar, I think Hercule Poirot will soon be one of my favorite fictional detectives, or at least as popular as Holmes. But I digress, the murder plot at the heart of this story is very complex, and in a million years I wouldn’t have guessed the last clue. This is a sign of good writing, because if the audience can figure out the culprit from the beginning, the rest of the story will be boring. But what makes Murder on the Orient Express so intriguing is the fact that the plot twists and turns to make you believe that more than one person could be the killer, and doesn’t get you any closer to the truth than Poirot did, until the end of the film when everything becomes clear. By the way, the scene where Poirot tells us exactly what happened is very powerful, and I was fascinated by Brana’s portrayal. This decision will test your ideas of what justice is, and I can imagine that some people unfamiliar with Christie’s work were not happy with the way the story ended. But I loved it, it was the perfect ending to a compelling story, and it reminds us that not all criminal cases are black and white (in fact, I think several Sherlock Holmes stories are about justice in a similar way, though I can’t name the case off the top of my head). word-image-11336 I originally grabbed this movie in preparation for Death on the Nile (this was before the movie was delayed until 2022). Having finally seen Murder on the Orient Express, I’m more excited than ever for the return of Branagh’s Poirot in Death on the Nile, and I really hope this leads to a whole series of Poirot movies, because I’d love to see them all. Tell me what you think of Murder on the Orient Express in the comments below, and have a great day! See also: Movie reviews Become a Patreon blogger at Check out the YouTube channel (and don’t forget to hit the subscribe button). Don’t forget to like it on Facebook


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Who was the killer on the Orient Express 2017?

Aired in the UK on ITV on September 22, 2017, Murder on the Orient Express is a 2017 television film, based on Agatha Christie’s 1934 novel of the same name. Directed by Kenneth Branagh, the film stars Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Josh Gad, Leslie Odom Jr., Olivia Colman, Derek Jacobi, Josh Groban, Geraldine James, Leslie Odom Jr., Richard E. Grant, Tom Hollander, Derek Jacobi, Penélope Cruz, Eddie Izzard, Josh Gad and Olivia Colman. This year’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s mystery novel is an excellent example of a film that stays true to the source material while effectively creating its own identity. The film is very faithful to its source material in terms of the story, but the way it’s told is a bit of a departure. The film uses voice-over, quite a few flashbacks, and a lot of dialogue, while the theatrical version was more focused in its use of visual storytelling.

Is Murder on the Orient Express appropriate for 12 year olds?

This text is sensitive. Try generating new copy. Recently, my friend and I watched the 2017 film “Murder on the Orient Express” (also known as “Orient Express”), which is based on a Agatha Christie novel of the same name. This is one of the many adaptations of the story, so I had to catch up on the plot.

Is the new Murder on the Orient Express Good?

As the first movie adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic mystery novel, Orient Express is the first of the big-budget franchise films that is not based off the book. For this reason, expectations were understandably high. Is it good? Is it worth the wait? Is it worth the money? In November, I saw the latest version of Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express” film adaptation(2017). It was a big change from the 1974 version, in that it was now a well-made and engaging mystery that was a great fit for a modern audience. For me, the most interesting and helpful scenes were those that gave the audience a glimpse into the personalities of the characters so that they can get to know and maybe like or dislike the characters. This was very well done in the scenes in which Poirot’s friend and fellow detective is on the scene. These scenes provided a good glimpse at the personality of Miss Arlès, as well as a solid introduction of Hercule Poirot. ~~

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