Murder on the Orient Express: Honestly, the 1974 version by Sidney Lumet is much better, but Kenneth Branagh still did a fine job with this remake. Branagh not only directs, but takes up the lead role as Hercule Poirot. His performance is zany, and his mustache is even more so. The character though seemed almost too joke heavy. It would have been nice to see him take it a little more seriously.
The rest of the cast does well too, but are pretty underused. In a whodunit it’s nice to actually get to know the whos. Instead the film barely lets the audience in on the characters even when giving out shocking reveals. With an A-list cast A-list performances are expected, however it’s the relative newcomer Daisy Ridley who gets the title of strongest supporting role.
Though the narrative falters, the production design and cinematography pick up the slack. The interior of the train along with the costume design is all crisp and shiny. The camera work allows for some of the best shots of the year. Overall, there is a lot to like about this film, but not enough to love it.
Watch the trailer for Muder on the Orient Express!