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I would give the movie three out of five stars. It had many strengths, but also had some glaring weaknesses. -After Ratchett's death, the movie began to rush through the investigation. As a result, many of the clues were either eliminated or rushed through. Many of the details that explain why the characters behave as they do or that help Poirot to solve the mystery are eliminated.
Did anyone get the impression that the new Murder On The Orient Express film should have felt more claustrophobic then it was? In the book everything took place on that train and I felt that was one aspect that made the book a memorable one. We have Cards On The Table in which a murder occurs in a room with only 4 suspects, but the difference between Orient Express and Cards On The Table is that previous all takes place in one location but not so with the latter. I read a review in which the reviewer said, "Still, a little more claustrophobia may have boosted the suspense. It doesn't always feel like we're on a tight train with a killer." That's what sets Orient Express from other train mysteries from Christie such as The Mystery of the Blue Train or a murder on a plane like Death In The Clouds. The murder, the suspects, the interviews/interrogations, the clues/red herrings, and the drawing room-like denouement all takes place in that train, not outside. So the scene where all the suspects gather at the table outside resembling Last Supper portrait is creative, it just doesn't have that affect that it would have on that train. And the action sequences took a huge chunk of that claustrophobic feel away, diminishing the suspense in my opinion. It was all wrong.
I couldn't agree more. I must say that I was extremely disappointed in this movie. I did not find ANY of the characters believable. This movie, in my opinion, took too many liberties.
Ok, saw Ken's film last night. In the interests of full disclosure, I am a lover of the Finney version, I think it is excellent. I approached this new version with a mixture of excitement and fear. In general I am a fan of Ken's work, but here, well, not so much. I got the point of the opening, to introduce the character, but once this got going I knew this was quite definitely 'Based on' Agatha Christie 's book. I liked Depp as Casseti, and Pfifer was excellent
and the actor playing Arbothnot was also very good, but apart from those three, no one else (except Ken) was given enough to do. I liked the way they changed Arbuthnot to a black character, it made the tension in his romance more believable for todays audience who I think would struggle to think a divorce was something to hedge around, but a mixed race marriage in the 1930's, yes. But Kenneth Brannagh, as Poirot, was awful. Not his acting, but his interpretation. I suppose he was making the character more dynamic and hero-like, but come on, chasing someone around some scaffolding? That is well below M. Poirots dignity. As for toting a pistol and using his cane as an all purpose jemy/ weapon. No. Then, the way the detection was conducted. People seemed to randomly confess important facts and the little gray cells didn't really get into gear. The end scene in the tunnel (what was that, maybe he watched too many Werner Hertzog films) it appears the solution dawns on him as he rants. I suppose the best thing to say about it is, it was at least better than the ITV attempt. But I wonder what he'll do in Death on the Nile? Have Poirot swim the Hellespont the tommy gun down some international crime lord. Perhaps he might make a better job of The Big Four.
I think if he had simply changed the name of his detective (Scarot, or Charoit perhaps) I would have quite enjoyed it as I am aware it was the 'baggage' I brought to the film that spoiled my enjoyment and I am also aware that I have no monopoly on what Poirot should be. Thats why the books are always best. You cam bring your own interpretation without inflicting it on others.