Murder on the Orient Express, the Agatha Christie story featuring her world-famous sleuth, Hercule Poirot, has a new movie loaded with stars. This first trailer for Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation has some terrific moments, and some not-so-inspiring, and a cringeworthy musical choice.
Here is the trailer:
The synopsis from The Hollywood Reporter:
Adapting Agatha Christie’s best-selling 1934 novel, Kenneth Branagh directs and stars in the Fox film as Hercule Poirot, the Belgian detective who investigates a murder aboard a lavish sleeper train through Europe while being surrounded by duplicitous passengers.
There are definitely some cool images here. Anytime a movie can have a locomotive in snowy conditions I’m pretty much sold. And the cast is a mishmash of awesome and mediocre and oh no not him again. I’ll leave it to you to make your own assessments.
Speaking of that cast: Kenneth Branagh, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Penelope Cruz, Johnny Depp, Willem Dafoe, Josh Gad, Judi Dench, and Leslie Odom Jr. fill out the cast of suspects.
Branagh’s version of Murder on the Orient Express has a lot of work to do to reach the heights of Sidney Lumet’s 1974 adaptation, and hopefully, they don’t shoehorn anachronistic music into the movie itself. It’s bad enough in the trailer.
Murder on the Orient Express opens November 10.