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Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

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WhenMurder on the Orient Express a murder occurs on the train he’s travelling on, celebrated detective Hercule Poirot is recruited to solve the case.

Genre : Crime/Mystery
Country : USA/UK/Malta/France/Canada

Cast :
Kenneth Branagh : Hercule Poirot
Johnny Depp : Edward Ratchett
Michelle Pfeiffer : Caroline Hubbard

Director :
Kenneth Branagh

My opinion on “Murder on the Orient Express”

“My name is Hercule Poirot and I am probably the greatest detective in the world.”

Voila. We Belgians can also be proud of the Hercule Poirot phenomenon in addition to our world-famous beers and chocolate. Probably the best detective in the world. And yes, he comes from this tiny country in Europe. The fact he’s actually a fictional person created by Agatha Christie, we forget for a moment. This vain, anything but modest, equiped with an enormous moustache, ingenious Belgian detective has already been played by a whole series of actors. But for me it’s David Suchet who lived up the most to the image of Poirot.

Murder on the Orient Express

What to do to make a well-known story interesting ?

What should you do when making a film of a world-famous book by Agatha Christie and you know in advance that a large part of the audience knows the story and the ending already? Well, the best thing you do is to gather a star cast and using the necessary digital magic tricks to ensure a wow effect. Whether this is sufficient for most moviegoers is a question for me to know and for you to find out. However, I wasn’t that impressed. Ok, the first bird’s eye views of a Orient Express cutting through the landscape and those swirling camera movements in the snow, look breathtaking. But that’s obviously not interesting enough.

Murder on the Orient Express

A lot of well-known stars.

So, after the introduction of Poirot (Kenneth Branagh), who got an overwhelming mustache, one can calmly reel off the list of familiar faces. And those are certainly not the least. Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Michele Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Derek Jacobi, Olivia Colman and Leslie Odom Jr. are introduced one by one. And then we just have to wait for the train to set of and someone is killed, after which Poirot can start sniffing around for the killer. Fortunately for him, a fresh avalanche causes a delay in such a way that he can unravel the exciting mystery before the authorities arrive.

Murder on the Orient Express

Lets hurry because there’s lots to work through.

Exciting? Well, not for me at least. I’ve never been a big fan of classic detective stories like those of Sherlock Holmes and consorts. I always thought it’s a bit stiff and not really entertaining. Or it must be such a beautiful film as “Mr. Holmes “where the retired detective tries to solve a final case at a leisurely pace, before his memory completely abandons him. In “Murder on the Orient Express” there is no sluggish pace, because all suspects on the train must be analyzed by Poirot and provided with a solid motive. And all in just under two hours. That is a lot to show in such a short time frame. The intro, the introductions, the murder, the investigation and then the announcement of the perpetrator. And all this interspersed with stylized images of both the interior and the exterior. It sometimes felt rather hasty.

Murder on the Orient Express

Lets hurry because there’s lots to work through.

Perhaps you’ve lived under a rock and never heard of Agatha Christie and this world-famous story. In that case you should definitely give this movie a chance. Is it worthwhile for the others to take the trip to the cinema? Well, if you want to admire the general splendour of the Orient Express, then you definitely should do this. And furthermore, the grotesque, oversized mustache of Branagh will certainly leave an impression. For me they can come up with an extra category for the Oscar award ceremony. That of “Oversized decor pieces”!

My rating 6/10
Links : IMDB

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Action, Adventure, Comedy

Release Date:

July 3, 2020

Director:

Shawn Levy

Cast:

Ryan Reynolds, Joe Keery, Jodie Comer, Taika Waititi, Channing Tatum, Lil Rel Howery

Plot Summary:

Free Guy is an action-comedy about a bank teller who discovers he is a background character in an open world video game called Free City that will soon go offline.

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The Darkseid: Zack Snyder Releases Official Image Of Uxas

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As the internet catches its collective breath, after hearing official news that ‘Zack Snyder’s: Justice League’ is coming to HBO Max in 2021. Fans can now start to anticipate tidbits as to what we can expect from this new interpretation of Justice League.

Snyder, has started assuring fans, that his film isn’t just a standard “Directors cut,” but will in fact be an almost entirely different movie. Warner Bros. and HBO Max are shelling out an estimated $20-30 mill that will help extend cast member contracts and insure we see an entirely different version. Snyder recently spoke to Hollywood Reporter and shed some light on the project:

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Tenet | Official Trailer #2 – HD

Tenet is an upcoming action thriller film written and directed by Christopher Nolan and produced by Nolan and Emma Thomas. It stars John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Clémence Poésy, Michael Caine, and Kenneth Branagh.

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Director:

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Plot Summary:

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