Murder on the Orient Express Trailer Released
The first trailer for Kenneth Branagh’s version of the classic Agatha Christie mystery Murder on the Orient Express has been released, and … mmmm … probably not a good sign that when he starts speaking, in his role as Hercule Poirot, I wanted to giggle. The accent, you see, is just so exaggerated. But not as much as that mustache!
As with the 1974 classic (which won Ingrid Bergman an Oscar and sets a very high bar to meet), this film is star-studded, with Michelle Pfeiffer, Derek Jacobi, Judi Dench, Willem Dafoe, and the now-infamous Johnny Depp starring, among many others.
I’ve known the ending since it was spoiled for me by an episode of Remington Steele, but I wonder how many people do now. And if those people will go see the movie. If this is someone’s first experience of the famous mystery, it could be stunning.
A murder takes place on the famous luxury train while it’s stopped, and the mixed group of passengers, ranging from a princess to a missionary, are investigated by Poirot. (I don’t believe, by the way, he would ever call himself “probably the greatest detective in the world”. The “probably” isn’t suited to the character who was such a fan of order and precision.)
It’s a favorite story because it captures well a lost era with an ingenious puzzle. So much depends on the characters — I hope the film sticks to the basics without modern music or spectacle. Murder on the Orient Express will be in theaters November 10.