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Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
Topic Started: Nov 19 2017, 12:36 PM (156 Views)
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Murder on the Orient Express (2017) Dir. Kenneth Branagh
Based on the novel by Agatha Christie
20th Century Fox
114 min. / color / 2.39:1

A snowbound train in Europe is filled with people, many of whom have a good reason to wish a fellow passenger, a certain American gangster, dead, and when said American gangster ends up that way, the world's greatest detective (or so he says), Hercule Poirot, and his phenomenal mustache are going to solve the case.

Pretty good remake and fairly representative adaptation of the Christie classic novel. It helps a lot (a LOT) if you don't care that it isn't as good as the first one. Branagh is fine as Poirot, a rather tortured take on the character (who can't stop seeing imperfections in the world, not bad if you're looking for clues but awful if you just want to ride a train home), replacing Albert Finney, who was very good in a different way; Penelope Cruz (not Ingrid Bergman) is the missionary; and in no particular order, Judi Dench is Wendy Hiller, Johnny Depp is Richard Widmark, Leslie Odom, Jr. is Sean Connery, Tom Bateman is Martin Balsam, Michelle Pfeiffer is Lauren Bacall, Derek Jacobi is John Gielgud, Josh Gad is Anthony Perkins, Lucy Boynton is Jacqueline Bisset, Daisy Ridley is Vanessa Redgrave, Marwan Kenzari is Jean-Pierre Cassel, and Willem Dafoe is somebody or other, plus no doubt I'm forgetting a few suspects and/or victims.

Million-dollar Dialog:

Suspect who doesn't like being accused, to Mr. Perot: "When you're a hammer, you think every problem is a nail!"

Oh, okay.

Worth seeing, I thought, but go late: we had to sit through 20 minutes of absolutely terrible coming attractions, including a hilarious awful trailer for the next 50 Shades of Grey movie, which made me burst out laughing right there in the theatre.
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I remember reading the MAD satire before seeing the first movie version. When I did catch up with the movie, I was shocked to discover that what I thought was a MAD joke was actually the solution to the mystery (granted, MAD made it a bit funnier).
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I thought Branagh was a little robust to play Poirot, but I love the mustache!

My wife was imprinted by David Suchet's Poirot, but she was won over.

The movie was reasonably faithful to what I remember of the book, which I read many years ago. It is refreshing to go to a movie that does not rely on CGI explosions and gratuitous nudity to replace plot.
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Nov 19 2017, 02:47 PM
I was shocked to discover that what I thought was a MAD joke was actually the solution to the mystery (granted, MAD made it a bit funnier).
Christie's denouement was pretty silly to begin with. Not one of her best efforts!!
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