When I first heard Kenneth Branagh would be directing an all-star cast for a new adaptation of the legendary Agatha Christie mystery novel “Murder On The Orient Express” I knew this had the potential to be pretty awesome. The guy’s track record behind the camera has been solid, with “Thor” and “Cinderella” proving he knew his way around big-budget affairs while keeping characterisations the focus. Here, he is also starring, playing the main protagonist in many of Christie’s novels, the famous detective Hercule Poirot. He’s sorta like a French Sherlock Holmes.
Today, the first trailer has dropped, giving us a look at not only the cast, but a taste of Branagh’s visual style. And his French accent. There’s the tiniest whiff of camp here, but I think in the end it will play more as fun rather than silly. Let’s hope it’s also smart, like its source material.
As an aside, I’d like to say that the song used at the end is just one of the worst choices ever to market a movie like this. What were they thinking?
Agatha Christie’s novel, published in 1934, is considered one of the most ingenious stories ever devised. It revolves around a murder onboard the famous train, and Belgian detective Hercule Poirot must solve the case – but there are a number of passengers who could potentially be the murderer.
“Murder On The Orient Express” also stars Academy Award winner Penelope Cruz Pilar Estravados, Academy Award nominee Willem Dafoe as Gerhard Hardman, Academy Award winner Judi Dench as Princess Dragomiroff, Academy Award nominee Johnny Depp as Ratchett, Josh Gad as Hector MacQueen, Derek Jacobi as Edward Masterman, “Hamilton” star Leslie Odom Jr. as Dr. Arbuthnot, Academy Award nominee Michelle Pfeiffer as Mrs. Hubbard, and Daisy Ridley as Mary Debenham. It premieres 10th November.