Somewhat cynical, I went to see the remake of “Murder on the Orient Express” adapted from Agatha Christie’s book of the same name. I grew up with Agatha Christie, her books a respite for a child filled with curiosity and desire to problem-solve. Not surprisingly then that law became a first career.
Kenneth Branagh, a scion of British theatre of the Shakespearean kind, directed and starred, as Poirot not less, in this latest offering. He has assembled a glittering cast of skilled actors which includes the Dame herself, Judi Dench, Michelle Pfeiffer and Johnny Depp.
The idiosyncrasies of Hercule Poirot took me by surprise. I had forgotten this odd creature. But it didn’t take long under the deft hand of Branagh’s directing and acting for me to connect to Poirot the person, instead of a caricature sometimes portrayed in the past. The depth and added dimensions to the world’s greatest detective are most welcomed. I even managed to forget the ridiculous moustache! 🙂
And the other actors – wow! In my view, they held their own and made this movie a feast for the senses. Two hours went by so quickly, I wish there was more… and there will be 😉
In short, I love this new movie and highly recommend it to another wanting a thriller without the (presently) usual bouts of gratuitous violence.
And here is the theme song for the movie, sung by Michelle Pfeiffer whom some of you (meaning old enough!) might remember sang up a storm in “The Fabulous Baker Boys”.
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