Murder on the Orient Express is a 2017 American mystery drama film directed by Kenneth Branagh with a screenplay by Michael Green, based on the 1934 novel of the same name by Agatha Christie.
The film stars Branagh as Hercule Poirot, with Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odom Jr., Michelle Pfeiffer, and Daisy Ridley in supporting roles. The film is the fourth adaptation of Christie’s novel, following a 1974 film, a 2001 TV film, and a 2010 episode of Agatha Christie’s Poirot. The plot follows Poirot, a world-renowned detective, who seeks to solve a murder on the famous European train in the 1930s.
The phrase ‘well done’ and ‘good work’ spring to mind. It’s not an outrageous big budget film with stunts, effects and explosions. But Brannagh manages to wind up the tension to the end and the traditional scene where he explains how a murder is committed.
Good watch, although probably better seen when it gets to TV.