Murder on the Orient Express - Review

December 06, 2017

      

        Kenneth Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express has been on my watchlist ever since the first poster was released. It’s hard to ignore a huge assembly of such talented cast, but it seems like the film did just that. While everyone gave an impressive performance, the actors lacked chemistry together, which led to the movie feeling disconnected. In effort to focus on the Detective Poirot “Branagh” the other characters are left barley one dimensional, to the point where I even forgot their names. As someone who hasn’t seen or read any of the previous adaptions before, the plot was a complete a mystery to me. I found myself getting bored, even though I usually enjoy slow-paced films. The details and events could’ve been more fleshed out, especially considering the pacing. It could have been intentional because the captivating details you must pay close attention to kept me intrigued. One of the film’s best aspects is the cinematography and excellent use of the stunning scenery. The piecing together of the plot in the final act was easier to follow than the plot itself. The final reveal, although shocking, is not an enough payoff to Its sluggish pace, and to an audience who are familiar with the plot beforehand, it must have felt even more disappointing. It’s not a bad enough movie to make me feel like I wasted my time, but it’s also not good enough for me to enjoy. It left me feeling nothing. Overall, Murder on the Orient Express is not for everybody. 

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