Murder on the Orient Express is a crime-drama mystery film directed by Kenneth Branagh where he is also playing the lead character of the film as the famous detective Hercule Poirot. The film is based on the 1934 novel of the same name by Agatha Christie, and the film is the fourth adaptation of the same.
The plot follows the Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh), a world-famous detective, an organized and compulsive Belgian, who seeks perfection and balance in everything in life, and well-known for his case-solving abilities, now must return to London for another case. His convivial friend Bouc (Tom Bateman), who is also the director of the famous European train the Orient Express, generously offers him a place on the train. On this train, Poirot meets the bunch of strange people who are traveling with him along with the corrupt businessman Samuel Ratchett (Johnny Depp). Ratchett makes Poirot an offer to be his bodyguard on this three-day journey as he has got some life-threatening messages, but Poirot refuses this offer considering this as a job of giving protection to the criminal. On the first stormy night, in the midnight when the train going through the blizzard, it is struck by avalache, and the train gets derailed. The next morning Poirot finds Ratchett was murdered during the same night after being stabbed a dozen times. Bouc being the director of the train asks Poirot to hunt down the killer who is undoubtedly among the dozen of passengers. Poirot and Bouc start investigating all the passengers as repairs begin, and as the investgation goes deep down, the mystery seems unsolvable and leaves Poirot in the state of complete chaos.
The genre of the film, the diverse supporting cast, and their fine performances are fulfilling enough to make the film intriguing. The Cinematography of the film is mind-blowing, it is well shot and well-crafted film, and it truly delivers stunningly beautiful visuals. The stylish production and an all-star ensemble keep it interesting, but there were many dull moments and the lack of newness to the plot with compare to the previous adaptations makes the film a needless remake. Most of the film focuses on the character of Poirot, and this portrayal by Kenneth Branagh is surely remarkable, but that leaves other characters in the back seat which leaves no space for their character development. The plot is not so complex but feels convoluted that it creates so much confusion. There are very fewer moments which really elevates the excitement.
Verdict : The film is not a perfect puzzle to get into but surely worth a watch.
Rating : 3/5