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|Originaltitel:||Murder on the Orient Express|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 114 Min|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
Actually the ingenious investigator Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) wanted to use the journey in the Orient Express for a long overdue time-out. But then the shady art dealer Edward Ratchett (Johnny Depp) is murdered and it quickly becomes clear: the perpetrator must still be on the train. When he is lifted from the tracks by an avalanche and stuck in the snow, Poirot has no choice but to end his time-out and use his dreaded nose. But who would have had a motive for killing Ratchett? His alcohol-addicted secretary Hector (Josh Gad)? Or the inconspicuous governess Mary Debenham (Daisy Ridley)? Are the Spanish missionary Pilar Estravados (Penelope Cruz) or the somewhat talkative widow Caroline Hubbard (Michelle Pfeiffer) also among the suspects? Poirot cannot yet explain who is behind the murder. He knows only one thing: Nothing here is what it seems to be…
Kenneth Branagh delivers the fourth film adaptation of Agatha Christie's 1934 novel "Murder in the Orient Express". The best-known adaptation to date is undoubtedly that by director Sidney Lumet from 1974, in which Albert Finney investigated as Poirot against a top-class ensemble of greats such as Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman, Anthony Perkins and Vanessa Redgrave. When it comes to star power, Branagh's version can certainly keep up. He actually did everything right with the cast. Whether Johnny Depp in a small but important role, "Star Wars" hero Daisy Ridley or the venerable Judi Dench - they all deliver good to very good performances. Branagh himself is - apart from his exaggerated moustache - a good Poirot, even if he will never be able to hold a candle to Peter Ustinov. Ustinov, who as Agatha Christie's master detective never solved the case in the Orient Express, is and remains simply the best Poirot ever.
The production is classic in the best sense of the word. Of course, Branagh takes some liberties here and there and also scatters a little humor in which only very great admirers of the book could be disturbed. Otherwise, however, he sticks closely to Christie's novel and delivers a visually great old-school crime movie, which is still very entertaining even if you already know the resolution. The script is entertaining enough and the atmosphere created by sets, camera and music is so captivating that it really doesn't get boring.
Sure, this is neither a perfect film nor the best adaptation of the novel. Nevertheless, this "Murder in the Orient Express" is a great entertainment cinema, which can score with an elegant old-fashioned production, great actors and an exciting story again and again. Yes, we didn't really need this version. But when a material is recycled so convincingly, the lack of originality is of little concern. And therefore, despite some minor weaknesses, there is a very clear recommendation: buy a ticket and get on this Orient Express! Absolutely worth seeing!
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