One of Agatha Christie’s best known novels finds its way to the big screen once again when “Murder on the Orient Express” comes to theaters in the U.S and Canada on November 9th. Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh, “Dunkirk“, “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit“) boards the famed Orient Express with every intention of taking a well needed respite between cases. Poirot’s legend precede him and it isn’t long before he is approached by one of the passengers, Ratchett (Johnny Depp, “Pirates of the Caribbean“, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them“), who thinks he might be in danger from someone on the train and asks Poirot to help protect him. After turning him down, Poirot awakes to find that the man’s fears were correct someone was out to kill him and has accomplished their goal without being caught. Now Poirot must figure out which one of the unique cast of characters was the culprit before they strike again. Untangling the intricate relationships of the passengers takes a great mind filled with patience and a keen deductive eye, will the great detective be able to figure it out in time? Who was able to murder Ratchett without being caught? Which one of the passengers has the most to gain? “Murder on the Orient Express” is a novel written by one of the greatest mystery writers of the past century and though it has been adapted before this remake looks like it could finally live up to the legendary novel.
“Murder on the Orient Express” not only stars the two fantastic actors above but also has a cast stuffed with an amazing amount of award-winning talent including Michelle Pfieffer (“Mother!“, “People Like Us“), Daisy Ridley (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens“), Dame Judy Dench (“Victoria & Abdul“, “Tulip Fever“), Penelope Cruz (“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides“, “American Crime Story“), Josh Gad (“Marshall“, “Beauty and the Beast“), and Willem Dafoe (“Deathnote“, “John Wick“). With this cast and a source material that is in my opinion one of the finest murder mysteries ever written Branagh, who also directs this film as well as stars in it, was gifted a movie that should be a home run. If the trailer is any indication “Murder on the Orient Express” looks to be a fun ride on the rails chocked full of quirky characters and a mystery that rivals any game of Clue you played as a kid. Even if the cast wasn’t as awesome as this and Branagh not as accomplished a director I would be booking my ticket to take a ride and help Poirot figure out who exactly committed “Murder on the Orient Express“.
“Murder on the Orient Express” opens in U.S. and Canadian theaters on November 9th.