This is a tangent from the actual review, but I had theory that Murder on the Orient Express was gonna be a huge hit with the Tumblr art crowd.
This was based on the very colorful look of the film, the amount of popular actors, and that dumb Imagine Dragons song. I am sad to say that I was wrong. Clearly I know nothing about pop culture or Tumblr. Oh wait, I review films here.
Murder is a good enough film, and by that I mean 1: the acting is good, if a little over the top, almost like they were doing a stage play, and 2: the story is decent, but the mystery is a little too easy to figure out. The look of the film is cool and interesting, the colors are very vivid, but some of the scenes feel very play-like, though that’s probably because of director Kenneth Branagh and his stage roots. For me it really came down to the mystery. If that part had been executed better, than I might’ve felt better about the film, but I couldn't help but compare it to Clue.
Clue is a fantastic whodunit comedy, and the way it sets up the mystery is damn good. Now I’m gonna spoil some stuff from Murder, so get out now if you must. Clue starts with bringing the characters together and explains why that is important, i.e. that they are all connected to the man that brought them together in the mansion, and then he’s murdered, and all the characters have to figure out the mystery. Murder is almost the opposite. It brings it’s characters together, one of the characters is murdered, and then one character tries to figure out the mystery,revealing why all the characters are on the train, which if you think about it for a second pretty much reveals the answer to the mystery. I would hope, but you never know, I might just be a genius, however I think my first paragraph discredits that.
I don’t think this a waste of time though. The comedy is pretty good, the majority of it coming from Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh). His attention to detail putting him apart from others is the main joke, but they do it many different ways, and it’s never too much at one time so you get a laugh pretty much every time. Unfortunately, his accent is just thick enough to where you can miss every other word and not understand what he says, which for a movie about important details, kinda sucks because he could say a very important detail and you wouldn’t even know it. Besides that, he’s a fantastic character and a lot of fun to watch.
The same is kind of true for the rest of the cast. There are so many actors that they don’t have much time to spend on really fleshing them out, a sacrifice when adapting the novel. I wish they had made the cast a bit smaller, it would have solved a lot of problems, like making the mystery a bit more difficult to figure out.
There’s not much else to say about Murder. It didn’t break me down or make me a believer, but it was decent enough way to spend two hours. It was at least different from other movies out right now to keep my attention. Tune in next week when I kill myself-I mean, watch Justice League.