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Murder on the Orient Express Movie Review: An Engaging Thriller

Murder on the Orient Express
Written by Nikita Mehta

In 1934, celebrated author Agatha Christie wrote a thriller that sent shivers shown the spines of her readers. Decades later, directed by Kenneth Branagh, this story is back in the form of a big motion picture, and he could not have done it better!

With a star-studded cast of Johnny Depp, Kenneth Branagh, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Penélope Cruz, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Olivia Colman, Lucy Boynton, Marwan Kenzari, Manuel Gracia-Rulfo, Leslie Odom Jr., Tom Bateman, Sergei Polunin and Miranda Raison, the story starts off aboard the Orient Express on a regular snowy day. Thirty minutes later, one of the passengers is found with fatal stab wounds. No one knows who stabbed him, but it’s got to be someone on board the train. Everyone, is now a suspect. Will the best detective in the world crack the case?

Scope, scale, richness, colour, and a tactility similar to that of a British film, Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express has an endearing charm to itself. There is something demanding about the sincerity of the efforts put into making this film that makes it an edge-of-the-seat thriller with ample twists and turns. Sweeping landscapes and thundering sounds are topped with some A++ acting by the spectacular cast and this adds to the drama which you’d not realise that was mostly digitally created.

With ample panache, playfulness and wit, the film moves ahead like ageing wine, better as it unfolds its true essence. Maybe at times you’d lose track of things and wonder about the confusion brewing, but when the moment of final revel comes, it’s worth the wait.

With some beautiful camerawork, devoted attempts of creating flourish, well-practised theatrics and some second-to-none drama, the movie scores for its fresh bright feels in spite of being a murder mystery. It is serious in the right places and funny exactly where required.

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Finally, if not for all this, the movie is a must watch for Poirot aka Branagh’s moustache! It unarguably has a presence of its own with adequate zoom-ins and twitches during the happenings of the story. What a grand one it is!

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