A movie with a cast that includes Kenneth Branagh, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi. Leslie Odom Jr., Michelle Pfeiffer. and Daisy Ridley possesses plenty of acting chops. I’ve seen the 1974 movie version of Murder on the Orient Express with even more Star Power: Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Martin Balsam, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave, Rachel Roberts, Richard Widmark, and Michael York.
My problem with Agatha Christie movies is that once I’ve read the book and know Whodunit, the suspense vanishes when I watch the movie. This latest version of Murder On the Orient Express looks great on the screen. Kenneth Branagh plays Hercule Poirot with more physicality than Finny or David Suchet: Branagh chases Bad Guys and gets shot. And, this 2017 version of Murder On the Orient Express has done so well at the box office that a sequel, Death on the Nile, has been announced. But I’m hoping the producers cut away some of Kenneth Branagh’s ridiculous mustache! Do you have a favorite Agatha Christie movie? GRADE: B