Most people will of course of heard of the Murder on the orient express which was brought to us first in 1934 by world famous novelist Agatha Christie. This is not the first time we have seen it on the screen either with a TV show and movie adaption both been done before. This time the plan was to do it bigger and better with an all-star cast, big budget and quality director to try and ensure a hit. The movie was directed superbly by Kenneth Branagh who did excellently double jobbing as he also starred as the world’s greatest detective Hercule Poirot. The rest of the cast consisted of Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffe to name just a few. The story is set up beautifully from the start where we are first introduced to detective Hercule Poirot who is in the process of solving yet another case using his vast detective skills combined with his brilliant intellect which has earned him a reputation as the world greatest detective. After solving the case detective Poirot decides to take a well-earned break between cases and books himself a ticket on the orient express. While on board he meets a whole host of different characters from all walks of life who each become a murder suspect when one of the passengers is found stabbed to death.The Movie really does look visually specular with the cinematography and scenery being used together perfectly. The story unfortunately is a little hard to follow at times as lots of character names are rattled off by detective Poirot during his deliberations which may be hard to place if you are not paying close attention. It’s a nice movie for fans of this type of movie but don’t expect to be blown away.
By Bill Tubbritt