Hey Guys ! Today I am doing a movie review on the blog based on a crime novel “Murder in the Orient Express” by reputed Novelist Agatha Christie. This 1934 novel was adapted into a movie by the same name in 2017 , directed by Kenneth Branagh .
“Some crimes God does not forgive!’’
My Rating : 5 STARS
Released on : 24 November 2017
Synopsis: What more can a mystery addict desire than a much-loathed murder victim found aboard the luxurious Orient Express with multiple stab wounds, thirteen likely suspects, an incomparably brilliant detective in Hercule Poirot, and the most ingenious crime ever conceived?
I had heard about this movie for quite some time but recently I got Hotstar Premium, and hence got the opportunity to watch it. I am already acquainted with Agatha Christie having read many of her books (too numerous to mention). I just devour her novels in a go. I wanted to read the book but thought otherwise and opted for the movie . The best part was the serving of the age old mystery in fabulous grandeur -looking polished entertainment with a great ensemble of Johnny Deep, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench.
The movie has our very much loved Belgian Detective , peculiar looking Hercule Poirot working on a very complex case that challenges his grey cells .Unscrupulous businessman Edward Ratchett offers to hire Poirot as his bodyguard during the three-day journey, having received threatening letters from an unknown party, but Poirot refuses as Ratchett is also a murderer.Poirot discovers a partially burned note connecting Ratchett to the kidnapping of Daisy Armstrong, a child who was abducted from her bedroom and held for ransom. Ratchett’s true identity is exposed: He was John Cassetti, Daisy’s kidnapper and murderer. Although her family paid the ransom, Daisy was murdered anyway. Her death so profoundly shocked her mother Sonia, that she gave birth prematurely to a stillborn baby and subsequently died herself; Daisy’s father, Colonel John Armstrong, then committed suicide. Susanne, the family’s nursemaid, was wrongly suspected of complicity, arrested, and subsequently committed suicide in police custody, only later to be found innocent. And the biggest point was everyone was indirectly connected to each other and the Armstrong case. Even Poirot is at loss of words about what to do in the end.
We can see the final destination long before the journey’s end.
As with most mystery tales, the answer lies in the details, which are always on show, and Branagh proves as meticulous as the man he plays on screen. I totally loved the premise and the acting skills but that doesn’t mean I will not read it someday . Till then ……..