“Murder on the Orient Express” Is a Trip Toward Cinematic Suspense

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“Murder on the Orient Express” Is a Trip Toward Cinematic Suspense

“Murder on the Orient Express” is a cinematic adaptation of the Agatha Christie murder-mystery classic and a remake of the popular 1974 movie of the same name.

“Murder on the Orient Express” is a cinematic adaptation of the Agatha Christie murder-mystery classic and a remake of the popular 1974 movie of the same name.

“Murder on the Orient Express” is a cinematic adaptation of the Agatha Christie murder-mystery classic and a remake of the popular 1974 movie of the same name.

“Murder on the Orient Express” is a cinematic adaptation of the Agatha Christie murder-mystery classic and a remake of the popular 1974 movie of the same name.

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When trailers for the “Murder on the Orient Express” first came out, many had shared their feelings of excitements and apprehension. After all, it was an adaptation of a well-known classic mystery novel and a very convoluted one at that. Of all books to bring to life on the big screen, it seemed odd that the 20th Century Fox studio chose this one. However, after its release in theaters on Nov. 10, the audience’s concerns vanished along with the number of available seats.

The movie is known for featuring several famous actors like Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley and Michelle Pfeiffer. It was directed by Kenneth Branagh, who also stars as the film’s detective protagonist, Monsieur Hercule Poirot himself. Critics have praised the movie for staying mostly faithful to Agatha Christie’s famous book, holding the mystery and keeping the audience on its toes. Poirot is developed further in the movie, as well as the 12 other passengers. Though it doesn’t have spectacular action, it has a fantastic build up to an intricate mystery.

After its premiere, the movie had very split reviews. Some absolutely loved it, some thought it was overrated, and yet others thought that it really wasn’t that good to begin with. Even with those reviews, none were appallingly negative. If there was any negativity perhaps it can be chalked up the the high expectations surrounding any new attempt to bring the book to life, or the attempt at a remake the heralded 1974 version of the movie. It is a more difficult challenge to adapt a classic mystery novel, which requires the movie to appeal to the people who have both read the novel and know what will happen, and those who have never read it and must be kept in suspense.

I admit my expectations were rather high, even though it had been awhile since I read the book. In the end, the movie ends with more of a tragic note and leads any movie-goer to question his or her moral judgements. It’s an overall strong showing for Branagh and his fellow cast members. Through likeable characters, an interesting plot, and an engaging mystery, the remake establishes itself as instant new classic. For those desiring a trip toward thrills and suspense, you can do no better than booking your own film-going ticket for “Murder on the Orient Express.”  

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