Quick Verdict: Mr Poirot I presume?
This is a pretty impressive lineup of stars. Josh Gad, Daisy Ridley, Michelle Pfeiffer, Derek Jacobi, Johnny Depp, Willem Dafoe, Leslie Odom Jr, Olivia Colman, Judi Dench and Penélope Cruz. All recruited by director Kenneth Branagh. Now all Kenneth needed was a Hercule Poirot. He searched high and low, auditioned many many people until one day he caught out of the corner of his eye, the perfect man for the job. He was looking in the mirror. That’s right, Kenneth Branagh is Hercule Poirot. Whether it all went down like that I don’t know, sounds good though?
Poirot is onboard the Orient Express when someone is murdered. I know what you’re thinking, was it Poirot? Well he does seem to be around when all these murders take place, but no it’s not him.
The ensemble is great, but it does lack something. I think the problem is that these sort of stories are so ingrained into television now they don’t seem very cinematic. For me, an Agatha Christie murder mystery is something you watch on ITV, it’s not a cinema outing.
The story is good, the execution is good and I’ll happily watch the Death On The Nile when it comes out in 2020, but this just needed more.
One last thing, a special shoutout to Kenneth Branagh’s moustache, who will hopefully get his own casting credit in the next film.