So I watched Murder on the Orient Express (MOTOE). I had been looking forward to this for a while. The all-star cast included Johnny Depp, Dame Judi Dench, Josh Gad, Penelope Cruz, Michelle Pfeiffer, among others. The film is available to see in all cinemas now.
I didn’t go into this film with too much knowledge of what was going to happen nor did I research a brief plot. I’m glad as it meant that I could watch MOTOE with an open mind and be pulled into the excitement of the investigation.
MOTOE was a relatively slow film. It was by no means an action, however I would say that it is a period drama.
The film followed a luxurious train journey which resulted in a halt over the murder of one of their rich travellers. Suspects wining and dining while being potential culprits of murder. The case was investigated by the one and only Mr Poirot. I’ve always been a fan of his films and have liked the way that he can read people and know more about them than they tell.
MONOE had everything we would expect in Poirot drama – the body that has been found right under his nose, the little clues that are left behind by the killer who doubts Poirot’s ability to solve the case and the dramatic final announcement where he reveals the murderer with as much public embarrassment as possible.
The solving of this case was more complex and had a twist, which revealed more than Poirot originally anticipated.
The Scenery and Costumes
I have not seen a train as luxurious as the Orient Express. Every surface was lined with burgundy felt. Wine glasses were a rich blue and chandeliers fell from the low ceiling. There was nothing I could fault about the train except the sleeping quarters which despite the other furnishings, were really basic.
The costume in this film was so beautiful. The “too” short dresses and “slightly see through” meshes that we wear now were replaced with silky vintage gowns that screamed wealth and sensuality. This film is a feast for the eyes to anyone who loves vintage, luxurious clothing.
I really enjoyed MOTOE. The plot was engaging, despite it’s slow speed and would recommend it to anyone!
I would give this Murder on the Orient Express 4 stars!
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