Murder on the Orient Express | A Review
By Rebecca Reed
My first Poirot experience. I went into this movie with fresh eyes, I have not seen any other adaptations of this story, nor have I read the book. I personally love Murder Mystery novels, I just simply have never gotten around to the Agatha Christie classics.
When this was first announced, I was rather excited. The cast alone is enough to really take you to the cinema, with the big names featuring Penelope Cruz, Johnny Depp, Kenneth Branagh and let’s not forget Dame Judi Dench. Even the smaller names such as Daisy Ridley, Josh Gad and Olivia Coleman stole some of the show, each actor was as fabulous as the next.
After hearing some initial mixed reviews, I decided to go see the film anyway, you can’t really judge anything by what other people say, you really have to experience it yourself. As I was not familiar with the story line, I had absolutely no idea who the suspect was. I was convinced it was Bouc, the suspicious member of the Orient Express team. I was wrong, but I still find him suspicious, I can’t even tell you why I thought it was him. But I liked being wrong. The story made sense and all in all it was a great film to watch on a lazy Saturday afternoon.
As it is my first step into Hercule Poirot’s world, I am sure if I read the novels, and possibly watched the TV adaptations I would have understood the subtle nuances Poirot has, but it was pleasant watching a film that didn’t contain action from start to finish. It was calculating and took its time, and really launched curve balls at you, to make you suspect the passengers. I am pleased to say that the ending did leave it open for a second installment for a potential Murder on the Nile. We will have to wait and see if that one comes along.
I absolutely loved this movie, and I can’t actually wait to see it again, did you enjoy the adaptation? Let us know in the comments below.