Almost everyone born in the 60s-70s-80s has grown up on Agatha Christie & Hercule Poirot. We loved David Suchet as the brilliant yet quirky detective in the TV series as well… With the reboot, I was looking forward to continuing the enjoyment. And I was not let down. Not one bit!
With story being well known to everyone, it came down to everything else – the treatment, the screenplay, the production design, and the performances. And ALL of it is TOP NOTCH!
The screenplay, despite keeping pace on the slower side of things, is crisp and compelling. Keeps you hooked. Visually, the film is OUTSTANDING! Production Design, Cinematography & VFX is so so good that its impossible to tell what is real and what is not. Background score is appropriately perfect.
Excellently directed by Kenneth Branagh.
The ensemble casting and their performances are what makes the film. Kenneth Branagh may have been an odd choice for Poirot as he is generally described as a shorter & stouter man, but Branagh delivers excellently.
The rest of the ensemble cast is probably one of the best ones ever assembled. And they all deliver excellent performances. Seriously, with a cast comprising Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Daisy Ridley, Josh Gad and several other brilliant performers, the level of performance is, needless-to-say, fantastic!!!
All-in-all, Murder on the Orient Express is a must see on the big screen. I have a feeling this could be the start of a brand-new Agatha Christie films series.