‘Orient Express’ Goes the Distance in Theaters


Staff Writer

With the release of “Thor: Ragnarok” just a week before, many almost forgot about the release of “Murder on the Orient Express” on Nov. 10, but with impressive cinematography and an award-winning cast, its presentation can fight against the mediocre reviews. 

Based off of Agatha Christie’s mystery novel of the same name, “Murder on the Orient Express” continues the story of Hercule Poirot, a fictional Belgian detective who, this time, finds himself on the Orient Express, a long-distance passenger train. Unusually full for the season with an odd conglomeration of people who usually wouldn’t have been seen together, Poirot wakes up to discover that one of the passengers has been brutally stabbed just before the train was stranded in the snow. With a dozen suspects and incredible motives, Poirot must discover the murderer and bring justice to a family who was hurt so long ago.

While not record setting or brand new, “Murder on the Orient Express” is still an enjoyable film, especially to those who have read the novel. The cinematography is breathtaking, every scene a masterpiece that displays the train riding the rails. The angles of filming are also quite unique, shots taken from above characters and through decorative glass. Besides that, “Murder on the Orient Express” holds an incredibly revered cast. The famous Poirot portrayed by Kenneth Branagh, gangster Ratchett portrayed by Johnny Depp and wonderful Mary Debenham portrayed by Daisy Ridley are all noticeable at first glance as well as Michelle Pfeiffer, Judi Dench, Penelope Cruz, Josh Gad, Leslie Odom Jr. and Willem Dafoe. All of the actors make the watcher grow to love the characters, their personalities and humorous lines.

Sadly, like most book-to-movie adaptations, it’s not perfect. While the overall storyline is the same and the movie does well at fixing any confusion a reader may have with the novel, quite a few small details were left out. These details may have been a reader’s favorite part because they gave more insight into characters or plot, details that were displayed through dialogue or actions. Despite this, the movie actually stays pretty true to the novel, if not giving the watcher more in other ways, and breathes modern life into a series from so long ago.