Movie Monday: Murder on the Orient Express

I took a trip back in time to see a classic “whodunnit” film remade by the ever spectacular Kenneth Branagh featuring an all-star cast of all ages. It’s an old-fashioned mystery with a fresh take from modern cinema that you’re bound to be enthralled by from the beginning.

The film starts off fast, immersing you in the extravagant setting of the world’s greatest detective, Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh). As soon as his very extra introduction is over and done with, we aboard the famed Orient Express. This was done in such a way that I was left in awe at the incredibly dynamic cinematography, how detailed it was, all the way down to leaving clues for you to look out for from the very beginning.

The mystery kicks off after one of the passengers is brutally murdered and the chase begins. Kenneth Branagh did wonders for both his character and the set up for the rest of the cast. It’s a very old-fashioned look-and-feel but with (naturally) a twist that most don’t even consider. The film also explores philosophical arguments between what is right and what is wrong. It goes without mention how this had a bit of a Wes Anderson film vibe to it (“The Grand Budapest Hotel” anyone?) and I loved every minute of it.  And of course, the costume and set design are to die for if you’re a movie geek like me.  

If I were to complain about anything in this film, it would be how it was so concentrated and felt undercut in its ending, despite it being a two-hour film. However, I’ve half a mind to say that this is due to the fact that a possible sequel with the beloved Poirot could be in the works after this has made its inevitable Academy Award debut (I mean, this cast and crew truly is full of the best talent). So if you’re itching for a good movie to see, this is definitely a win in my book.