Verdict: A thrilling whodunit that will keep you on edge.
Solving a murder mystery is always fun, especially when it’s on screen. A number of thrillers hit the screen today, including Ajji and Julie 2, but the one that will keep you at the edge of your seats is the Kenneth Branagh-directed crime mystery, Murder on the Orient Express. Based on a novel by Agatha Christie, the story is said to be one of the most stylish, suspenseful and exciting mysteries ever told. Naturally, it is even more electrifying on screen and with a star cast of some of the best actors in Hollywood, this thrilling whodunit is not to be missed.
What’s Murder On The Orient Express About:
14 passengers board the Orient Express heading towards London and one of them is found dead the next morning. The killer(s) is on the train, which has halted mid-way due to an avalanche that has obstructed the tracks. Luckily for the passengers, celebrated detective Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) is on the train. Hoping to catch a break between cases, Poirot finds himself entangled in this mysterious murder. Clues are everywhere, but will they lead Poirot to the killer? And how is the abduction and murder of Daisy Armstrong connected to the victim and the other passengers on the train? This mystery poses more questions than it answers and the twist at the end cannot be predicted by even the best detectives.
The movie is a treat for mystery lovers. As the story progresses, you find yourself getting personally involved in the case, trying to connect the dots to the murderer. The twist in the end is unexpected, leaving you shocked. While we would’ve definitely liked to see more of Johnny Depp, the other actors fill his void. Josh Gad was certainly a surprise element, outperforming even some of the top-rated actors in the cast. Judi Dench as the rich stand-offish princess played the part that was meant for her, and Olivia Colman as her maid was perfect for her role too. Daisy Ridley impressed with her performance, as did Penelope Cruz. Kenneth Branagh’s character was a lot more interesting than the effort he put in as an actor and his scenes in the first half of the movie were better than the latter. Watch out for Marwan Kenzari as Conductor Pierre Michel – his part is easy to miss, but he stars in the next Aladdin (2019), so here’s where you saw him first.
What Could Have Been Better:
The movie seems a tad realistic. While the cinematography might look like a painting, the locations don't exude beauty due to its dark approach. The actors themselves look like pieces of art within this larger painting. Overall, it doesn't do much to connect the audiences with the characters or feel like a part of the movie. At some places in the first half of the movie, the story drags on for a while.
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
It is the most thrilling movie of the week and you need to catch it before spoilers are all over the internet. If you are a fan of any of the stars in this ensemble cast, or an avid reader of Agatha Christie’s novels, don’t give this one a miss. It’s a beautiful rendition of the mystery on screen and deserves a one-time watch.