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Murder on the Orient Express
Genius Belgian detective Hercule Poirot investigates the murder of an American tycoon aboard the Orient Express train.
|Studio :||20th Century Fox, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, The Mark Gordon Company,|
|Crew :||Art Direction, Art Direction,|
|Cast :||Johnny Depp Derek Jacobi Penélope Cruz Michelle Pfeiffer Willem Dafoe|
|Genre :||Drama Crime Mystery|
Too much of everything
Fresh and Exciting
Each character in this movie — down to the smallest one — is an individual rather than a type, prone to spontaneous changes of mood and sometimes amusing outbursts of pettiness or ill humor.
The movie turns out to be a little better than the average. Starting from a romantic formula often seen in the cinema, it ends in the most predictable (and somewhat bland) way.
If you're going to attempt to direct a movie based upon a train maybe actually take a train. At least watch a movie that takes place upon a train. Maybe read the book. Completely missing the claustrophobia of a train, this debacle attempts to be stylish according to a nerd and CGI. The story that so pointedly got across the idea of an enclosed area with so many people as suspects that allows no one to breathe, has completely been missed here. People don't bump into each other. Nobody has to stand aside to let someone past. Instead the train scenes are envisioned by someone who thinks a truck could be driven through a train and nobody would even have to step aside as long as it looks cool on CGI.This was a movie that could have been shot exactly as Twelve Angry Men in a single room. Probably should have. But in the modern tradition where people need CGI to remain entertained and feel more isn't enough, it's about expected.Compared to crap like San Andreas this is an absolute masterpiece, but that's like being the tallest midget.
I am a huge fan of the 1974 Sidney Lumet version. Even if you already knew what was going to occur, Lumet managed to create tension and drama by utilizing an excellent cast and pacing of the plot. The David Suchet version is also exceptionally well done and is a 1b to Lumet's 1a in my opinion. What made these adaptations so good was that they were more or less loyal adaptions to Christie's novel and managed to capture the spirit of the original story. So when I heard that a remake of this movie had been done, I initially refused to see it. Far too many classics have been recently remade and most have been disappointing or downright awful. I wish I had stuck to my original decision.Alas, I found it on one of the premium movie channels and I could not resist the temptation. I knew that we were in trouble early on when Branagh (whom I usually like very much i.e. Dunkirk) decided to play Poirot not as the dandy that ANYONE who is familiar with this classic character knows him to be. It is like taking James Bond and making him a pacifist.Then there are the goofy camera angles. What is the point of the shots that literally only show the TOP of the character's head? What the hell is he doing on top of the train? Ugh. The casting. What a waste of a good cast. Here is a clue for you scriptwriters. When you dramatically change the characters, you dramatically change the script. The story begins to morph into something that is completely unrecognizable. This is definitely the case with this movie. The characters do things that are completely incomprehensible and only adds to the confusion. The classic "reveal" scene at the end of the movie falls completely flat. Here is a suggestion to all of you movie moguls. Instead of butchering classic versions of movies (Murder on Orient, Magnificent Seven, Poseidon Adventure, Ben-Hur, etc etc.) why don't you take some of the mediocre or above average stories of the past and try to IMPROVE on them. If you feel compelled to remake a classic, at least try to be loyal to the original movie and material. After all, we call them classics for a reason.
I just watched this new version of "Murder on the Orient Express" last night and was very disappointed in it. As an avid fan of Agatha Christie's Poirot, I noticed that there were quite a few things things that were not quite right. First, foremost and most noticible was the appearance of Hercule Poirot. The moustache was all wrong and the real Poirot had no chin hair at all. Also, his manerisms were quite a bit off. The story line and some of the characters had been altered. The Kenneth Brannagh version of this movie was not a very good depiction of the original story. I doubt that I will ever watch this version again. I can only hope that the new version of "Death on the Nile" will be more true to form. Sorry but there is really only one great Poirot actor.....David Suchet IS Poirot!
No twist, no smart story! It was like the writter was rushing to finish his story. Maybe they should've hired a detective to write the story