Murder On the Orient Express truly was an interesting ride, from start to finish. The movie opens on our main character, a Sherlock Holmes-esque detective, by the name of Hercule Poirot, a french fellow, with an accent that can be a little difficult to understand at times. Poirot spends most of his time solving impossible crimes that others cannot even begin to understand.
Wanting to get a break from his crime-solving life, Poirot boards the Orient Express in the hopes of a few days of peace. Instead of a lovely little holiday en-route to his next job, Poirot finds himself, yet again, in the epicenter of an irrationally brutal murder.
With a passenger dead, fear begins to rise aboard the Orient Express, and the situation only grows more tense with every passing hour when the train is suddenly caught in an overnight avalanche and forced to abruptly stop its journey.
Stuck in the snow in the middle of nowhere on-board a confining train, Poirot is forced to solve a crime, while the murderer is still on-board.
Murder On the Orient Express was a fantastic movie. Brilliantly filmed, with an outstandingly star-studded cast. With the likes of Daisy Ridley (Stars Wars), Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean), and many others, the cast alone was enough to make the movie.
One of my favorite aspects of this film, was the way it was shot. There were several unique angles, but the most interesting was the overhead shot. Due to the close-quarters nature of the train, the camera would often do an overhead shot to give the viewers a full view of any given room. It was very unique, and very well done.
The scenery, though perhaps not all real (some was animated-type stuff), was still impeccable. From the props, to the costumes, to the scenery, the movie really draws you in and makes you feel as though you truly are in another era, in another part of the world!
Overall, this is an excellent movie. Though it may feel a little slow at times, I don’t think it’s out of character for the time period and genre of the film.
I will absolutely be watching this movie again soon!
Review By: Kasey Leeders