Watch Murder on the Orient Express (2017) | Synopsis and Review

 If the title Murder on the Orient Express sounds very familiar to you, then yes, this film directed by Kenneth Branagh (Cinderella, 2015) is the latest adaptation of the popular mystery novel of the same name by Agatha Christie. Murder on the Orient Express itself has been adapted several times for audio-visual media – including a feature film directed by Sidney Lumet which was a commercial success when it was released in 1974 and received five nominations and won Ingrid Bergman her third Oscar at The 47 ^th Annual Academy Awards. Apart from making changes to the names and backgrounds of some of the characters, Branagh's latest version of Murder on the Orient Express doesn't offer a completely new direction or angle of storytelling. A choice that makes the latest version of Murder on the Orient Express has a thick traditional whodunit storytelling atmosphere but still manages to look modern thanks to Branagh's directing.

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The story of Murder on the Orient Express begins when the famous detective, Hercule Poirot (Branagh), travels back to London after completing his assignment in Jerusalem by using the Orient Express train that he rides in the city of Istanbul. Thanks to the help of his best friend, Bouc (Tom Bateman), Hercule Poirot can enjoy the luxurious facilities of a special carriage on the Orient Express that he shares with several other passengers. Unfortunately, these luxurious facilities cannot be felt for too long. On the way, a passenger in the carriage occupied by Hercule Poirot was found murdered. Even though he didn't really want to be involved in any criminal investigation, at the instigation of Bouc and the other passengers, Hercule Poirot started his investigation to find out who the alleged killer was still in the luxury carriage of the Orient Express.


From the beginning of its story, Murder on the Orient Express has clearly felt intended to be the beginning of a series of mystery films starring the detective character Hercule Poirot - which is then strengthened by the end of the film which refers to other Hercule Poirot case series in the novels by the author. Christie. This is done by providing a fairly large storytelling space for Hercule Poirot's character: how his characterization is, all his achievements, to his attitude in carrying out all his duties. An introduction to iconic characters for audiences belonging to a new generation. Branagh's appearance as the character of Hercule Poirot himself is also convincing. Although sometimes it feels a little over the top, Branagh's performance is quite successful in making the famous detective character grab the attention of the audience.


At the same time, the presence of Hercule Poirot's dominant character makes other characters – who are present in large numbers – feel left out. The characters who in the story are made suspects in a murder case and whose presence is intended to add color to the story of the film finally end without any meaningful impression. This is what makes the middle half of Murder on the Orient Express feel flat – and sometimes even boring. Luckily, Branagh filled his film acting department with the names of actors whose acting quality has been tested. Michelle Pfeiffer, Willem Dafoe, and Josh Gad, in particular, managed to transcend the limitations of characterization presented in their roles and were able to deliver such an effective performance.


Branagh's direction of Murder on Orient Express itself went quite smoothly despite the story script directed by Michael Green (Blade Runner 2049, 2017) which was not able to provide a better story development. Branagh's work on film technicality is clearly the main priority for Murder on the Orient Express. The cinematography system directed by Haris Zambarloukos is able to provide a cold and eerie atmosphere that supports the mysterious atmosphere of the film's storytelling. Patrick Doyle's musical composition also manages to create the moments of tension that are needed. Branagh is also able to create a beautiful storytelling display. Just look at how Branagh put the characters of the suspects on a long table – which will remind the look of Leonardo Da Vinci's painting The Last Supper – when Hercule Poirot's character reveals the results of his investigation.


Murder on the Orient Express may not be all that strong. The immaturity of story processing in the second half makes this film tend to stagnate before finally rising again to open its surprise story in the last half of the story. Still entertaining – especially with the excellent performances of the top actors – but clearly unable to appear as a more special adaptation of Agatha Christie's novel. [C]


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