Movie review: Great cast can't rescue Branagh's 'Murder on the Orient Express'

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  • willswords Lees Summit, MO
    Nov. 12, 2017 1:57 p.m.

    @Whitechapel

    Sad to say that Netflix no longer has Poirot as it expired recently from their catalog.

  • Whitechapel Ogden, UT
    Nov. 10, 2017 8:07 a.m.

    As a devoted Christie fan, and someone who has deeply loved Poirot's character the best of all: this movie is chock-full of absolutely bizarre choices.

    Firstly, there's the fact that out of all Poirot books, they chose to make Murder on the Orient Express into a movie; the book is very out of character for Poirot, as just prior to the book's opening he's gone through trauma and it colors how he behaves throughout the book; the murder itself is perhaps a bit darker than his other cases - although all murder is dark subject matter.

    Then, there's the characterization; I think the writers didn't read much Poirot, because at his core he is a man deeply proud of his grooming, manners, and intellect. He absolutely thinks he's brilliant, but he would never say "I'm probably the greatest detective in the world." To him, that would be the height of bad manners. He also would die before being seen with a mustache like the one on Branagh.

    A better choice would've been The ABC Murders if they wanted a Poirot; I'd recommend watching the BBC Poirot on Netflix with David Suchet, instead of this film. It's spot-on to the books and much better than this move. And there's 13 seasons.