Murder On The Orient Express

Everyone is a suspect.

Actor-director Kenneth Branagh brings Agatha Christie back to the screen with his Murder On The Orient Express, a lushly old-fashioned adaptation with a star-studded international cast. Branagh stars as Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, a 1930s dandy with a magnificent mustache and a penchant for bons mots.

Poster for the movie mystery Murder On The Orient ExpressAboard the Orient Express for a bit of respite, Poirot is called upon by a shady art dealer (Johnny Depp), who believes he is marked for death. The suspects are legion: it could be his long-suffering secretary (Josh Gad) or butler (Derek Jacobi), or the purring widow (Michelle Pfeif­fer) he nearly kissed in the corridor. Then again, there’s something furtive about governess Mary (Daisy Ridley) and her secret lover, Dr. Arbuthnot (Leslie Odom Jr. of ‘Hamilton’); the imperious Princess Dragomiroff and her maid (Judi Dench and Olivia Colman, respectively); the saintly missionary Pilar (Penélope Cruz); the Cuban auto magnate Marquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo); and the jumpy Austrian professor Gerhard ­(Willem Dafoe).

The resolution of the movie’s central mystery is almost endearingly corny, less shocking twist than slow dinner-theatre twirl. But Branagh executes his double duties with a gratifyingly light touch.

– Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly

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