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Hot Take: Murder On The Orient Express | Movie Hot Take
Hot Take: The all-star cast and Branagh's direction isn't enough. What starts as an interesting "Whodunit?" becomes a "Who-cares-whodunit?" The latest remake of Agatha Christie's Murder On The Orient Express has such promise at the beginning. Kenneth Branagh's first appearance on screen as famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot is entertaining as he solves a case at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. The director/star sets a stage of grandeur and old fashioned glitz that gives the film such promise. As the film churns along, Murder On The Orient Express becomes a bit of a chore to watch which is never good for any film but especially not good for one that is an old fashioned murder mystery. Despite the film being stacked with talent and featuring a highly regarded Christie novel to rely on for a story, somehow Branagh's version comes up well short and the only one who appears to be enjoying themselves is Branagh in his self-indulgent turn as Poirot. I wanted to like Murder On The Orient