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Movie Review: Murder on the Orient Express (2017) *The Scenery Is Nice, But The Ride Is Bumpy*

 

Johnny Depp in Murder on the Orient Express
It’s difficult to know how to review Murder on the Orient Express.  Should it be judged against the 1970s film?  Should it be held against the Agatha Christie novel it adapts?  In the end, I decided to judge it on its on merits as a standalone film.  To that standard, the picture is well-acted with a great ensemble.  Kenneth Branagh does well as the lead, but in the direction and especially the screenplay the film is choppy and almost unbearably expository in its climax.  It looks absolutely fantastic, but I doubt Murder is going to inspire a Christie renaissance or have a tremendous impact on the box office.  It’s not awful, but it’s not anywhere near what it should be, and that won’t be enough to attract an audience not already in love with the source material.

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In Theaters This Week (11/10/2017): Murder on the Orient Express, Daddy’s Home 2, Three Billboards

Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell in Daddy's Home 2

Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week.  This week brings three very different films to theaters, but can any of them knock the Odinson off his throne? (No) Continue reading In Theaters This Week (11/10/2017): Murder on the Orient Express, Daddy’s Home 2, Three Billboards

Murder on the Orient Express Trailer #2 (2017) “Everyone Has a Past; Everyone Has a Secret; Everyone Is a Suspect”

I think the second trailer for Kenneth Branagh’s remake of Murder on the Orient Express is a lot more promising than the first trailer was.  He certainly has a tremendously talented ensemble cast (it’s weird to see Daisy Ridley and not think of her as Rey since this is her first non-Star Wars movie).  The first trailer sparked some lively debate on the site, and one of the things that came out of it was the feeling that-at least in the US-Agatha Christie has fallen out of cultural mainstream.  I doubt many people under 30 have read her or may even know who she is.  I’m hoping the movie will be good, but it would be tremendous if it sparked new interest in Christie’s huge body of work.  She’s one of the seminal authors of mystery and crime fiction in modern history, and she should be mandatory reading in schools as much as Hemingway or Faulkner.  Orient Express or 12 Little Indians should certainly be hit in college lit classes at the very least.  We’ll see how Branagh has done when Murder on the Orient Express pulls into theaters on November 10, 2017.

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Murder on the Orient Express Trailer #1 (2017) “I See Evil On This Train”

*Featured photo from EW; text from Geek Tyrant

What starts out as a lavish train ride through Europe quickly unfolds into one of the most stylish, suspenseful and thrilling mysteries ever told. From the novel by best-selling author Agatha Christie, “Murder on the Orient Express” tells the tale of thirteen strangers stranded on a train, where everyone’s a suspect. One man must race against time to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again.

It doesn’t hurt that the movie has a star-studded cast that includes director Kenneth Branagh as Detective Hercule Poirot; Penelope Cruz plays Pilar Estravados; Willem Dafoe as Gerhard Hardman; Judi Dench portraying Princess Dragomiroff; Johnny Depp takes on the role of Ratchett; Josh Gad appears as Hector MacQueen; Derek Jacobi is Edward Masterman; Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr. plays Dr. Arbuthnot; Michelle Pfeiffer portrays Mrs. Hubbard; and Daisy Ridley plays Mary Debenham.

Murder on the Orient Express is scheduled to be released in theaters on November 10th, 2017. Watch the trailer below and let us know what you think of its first impression.
Murder on the Orient Express

In Theaters This Week (6/02/2017): Wonder Woman, Captain Underpants

Captain Underpants

Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week.  June dawns with the best-reviewed DC movie since The Dark Knights….and Captain Underpants.  This isn’t a choice, people. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (6/02/2017): Wonder Woman, Captain Underpants