Murder on The Orient Express Review


Andrew Cappuccio, Staff Writer

Based on the novel by Agatha Christie, Murder on The Orient Express is one train ride that you don’t have to board. The film starts out with the main character Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) solving a crime of theft in Jerusalem. There, he meets two of the other passengers, Miss Mary Debenham (Daisy Ridley) and Dr. Abuthnot (Leslie Odom Jr.).

From that point on, it felt like the movie was dragging. Once the murder took place, I was left disappointed, it was the character Edward Ratchett, performed by Johnny Depp, who was murdered. The mystery aspect of the film was dull and not suspenseful at all. If anything it was confusing, or predictable.

The tone of the movie stayed static the whole way through; there was not a single moment that left me shocked by surprise. The ending of the film left me unsatisfied.

Other than the flaws in the main story, the characters were still enjoyable. Even though most of them got little screen time, excluding Hercule Poirot, I would have to say that out of the twelve characters, I enjoyed three: Hercule Poirot, Mary Debenham, Pilar Estravados (Penelope Cruz).

What I enjoyed more was the comedic conversations between characters, for the little there was.

On a scale from 1 to 10, I would give Murder on The Orient Express a 5.7.