God damn. Hercule Poirot is one bad ass baller. Kickin’ ass, takin’ names and givin’ free mustache rides.
BQB here with a review of “Murder on the Orient Express.”
New life has been breathed into Agatha Christie’s long lasting tale of murder most foul.
Have you ever been to a murder mystery party? A series of interesting characters are introduced, someone is murdered, and a wise detective spells out how he cracked the case?
Well, you can thank Ole Aggie for that. Here, the classic formula is revisited. In the 1930s, internationally infamous detective/Frenchman/mustache enthusiast Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) boards a train, headed for his next case.
Alas, our mustachioed friend can’t catch a break. Instead of catching some “Zzz’s” on his trip, he catches a case when of the passengers is murdered. Yes, murder! Murder, I say!
Poirot is a cursed genius – a genius because he can focus in on key details that most gloss over, but cursed because this makes life very hard for him. Most people are able to set aside life’s little flaws whereas Poirot sees disorder and disarray wherever he goes, to the point where it makes him uncomfortable to see a disheveled tie.
Throughout the investigation, he puts the screws to a rogue’s gallery of potential murderers. It’s a star studded cast with the some pretty big names – Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dame Judy Dench, Willem Dafoe, Josh Gad, just to name a few.
Overall, it’s a fun walk back into time. There are some social justice twists for the modern viewer. The film largely takes place on the train so at times it feels like a play unfolding before your eyes. Poirot is one of the more beloved characters in the mystery genre, perhaps even in literature, so Branagh has a big score in this role.
God, I remember having the hots for Michelle Pfeiffer when I was a kid, watching her play Catwoman in “Batman Returns.” Now she likes Granny-ish, though honestly, she’s held up pretty good. I’d still do her. Call me, Michelle.
It’s fun, at times a bit dark and gloomy. The story itself is a master class in how mystery stories are crafted so any aspiring writers out there should check it out.