Saturday, December 2, 2017

Movie Review: Orient Express

The Orient Express is based on Agatha Christie's 1933 novel.  Her main character, Hercule Poirot, is a renowned detective who takes quite a train ride.  Johnny Depp's character is an unlikable thug who sells phony art and rugs.  He gets taken out early on in the movie.  A whodunit mystery evolves with Poirot being the only one who is able to crack the case.  He learns that many people on the train have motives for killing Johnny Depp.  Clue by clue, he solves the case. 

My Review: The cast of superstars-Michelle Pfieffer, Penelope Cruz, William DeFoe, Johnny Depp, and Judi Dench play their parts to a tee.  The train and the 1930s clothing add charm, romance and mystique.  I am a fan of Christie and her Poirot, so the film was a fun ride for me.  Without spoiling the ending, Poirot mentions his next trip would be in the Nile (Death on the Nile, another Christie book).  Kenneth Branagh is a terrific Poirot.  His makeup and hair make him unrecognizable.  The scenery and the story are very entertaining.  This is a treat for mystery lovers.  4/5 Stars

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