Sunday, 9 September 2018

Murder on the Orient Express (2017) - Review

Now that I'm getting back to movie reviewing, since this is the last trailer I posted, I guess I might as well start with Murder on the Orient Express.  (I'm planning on trying to do a reasonable number of reviews, but in order to do so will keep them relatively short.)

Anyway this is a story that's been done many times... but there are a couple of new ideas in Michael Green's screenplay, and I think overall it felt fresh enough while obviously having a rather familiar air to it.  I have to admit that I was never truly convinced by Kenneth Branagh as Hercule Poirot, though he wasn't bad - the accent slipped every now and then the ridiculously over-sized mustache was a constant distraction!  He was also Director and did a good job with that - pacing, suspense and action were all handled effectively.

The ensemble cast including Michelle Pfeiffer, Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Jason Bateman and Daisy Ridley and Derek Jacobi all did an admirable job, with no-one giving a particularly stand-out performance.  Music, cinematography and photography were all generally good.

Overall my impression of this film was that it was capably done in all respects, without any aspect of coming across as exceptional.  Given that I approached it with little enthusiasm to begin with I'm quite glad that I watched it, but I'm highly unlikely to ever want to see it again.

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