Film Report: Murder on the orient express

3 months ago


An opportunity of the lifetime. I got to see the premiere of Murder on the Orient Express on 23rd November 2017, at PVR Saket. All thanks to HarperCollins India and Fox India for inviting me.

However, this blog post is not paid and all the views are of my own. 

Also. I haven’t read the book or saw the movie which was made before this. Hence, I have nothing to compare the film with and had the first-hand experience of the story.

If someone wants to watch the trailer for 1974’s Murder on the Orient Express, linking it here.

What is Murder on the Orient Express about?

We have already established that the film is based on Agatha Christie’s book, Murder on the Orient Express, published by HarperCollins. That being said, let’s get into the story?

A lavish trip through Europe quickly unfolds into a race against time to solve a murder aboard a train. When an avalanche stops the Orient Express dead in its tracks, the world’s greatest detective — Hercule Poirot — arrives to interrogate all passengers and search for clues before the killer can strike again.

The story as simple as it gets. One detective, train full of people and one Murder.

My view/ opinion/ feelings for Murder On the Orient Express.

I would start with saying that the film is very visually appealing with not a lot of space to play with and yet the angles and the shots were perfectly taken and making you want to look at the screen longer, understand the frame, understand the characters and the story even better. It enriched my experience so very much.

A commendable job by Branagh. From what I have heard he has made some improvisations to the story and made it richer for the audience to consume by adding a lot more morality to the story. We see scenes played out on race, colour, and feminism as well, which is good.

I am kind of happy about how they kept the film very crisp and to the point, introduced us to the characters, gave us the plot then the arc and BAM there is the result, but I am somehow not very excited about the way it was played out, I don’t know if it was time that was the problem or the writing because the suspense and the drama was not put out for you as much. You aren’t thinking along with Hercule Poirot which bothered me. Whodunnit films are supposed to keep you on the edge and make you think, whereas here I was just told the story and I couldn’t really saw myself engaging with the film. I also wish there was more of Johnny Depp’s character but well he gets murdered.

The ending of the film makes up for the drama and leaves you with something to think about, which is where it mostly won my heart. The last few scenes are done well and gave an impactful end.

It is definitely worth the watch as the storyline is very engrossing– al thrillers are, aren’t they?

Rating – 3.5./5 stars



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What are your thoughts and views? Did you watch the film yet? Are you planning to?


Mridu <3

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