Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

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Year of Release: 2017

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Related to/Remake of: Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

Directed By: Kenneth Branagh*

Music By: Patrick Doyle

Starring: Kenneth Branagh (as Hercule Poirot), Daisy Ridley (as Mary Debenham), Josh Gad (as Hector MacQueen), Michelle Pfeiffer (as Caroline Hubbard), Tom Bateman (Bouc), Johnny Depp (as Samuel Ratchett)

Basic Plot: In 1934, while on a cross-country trip aboard the Orient Express train from Istanbul to London, famed detective Hercule Poirot must deal with a murder aboard the train where all of its passengers become suspects.

Rating (Out of 4): 3

Pros: Great cinematography, sets, and costume design gives the movie an authentic look.  Good direction by Kenneth Branagh.  Excellent acting work by all involved, with Branagh’s performance as Poirot as the centerpiece of the movie, Josh Gad, Daisy Ridley, and Michelle Pfeiffer providing highlights among the cast.

Cons: Some inadequate explanations regarding some of the conclusions made at the end are a little frustrating.  Since there are so many characters that are crucial to the story, the movie could have benefited from a longer running time in order to flesh out some details.