by Cate Engles
My last trip to the movie theater, I sat unamused at the previews for upcoming movies and waited eagerly for the movie I came for to begin. Suddenly, though, a preview sparked my interest. The movie is based off of the 1930s mystery novel, Murder on the Orient Express. It is centered around a murder (hence the title), that is conducted on a train from Istanbul to London. There are thirteen strangers aboard the Orient Express that all become suspects. Luckily, also in transit to London, is Hercule Poirot, the so called “greatest detective in the world”. This teaser was intriguing enough for me to come back to the theater, and my review is what follows.
The movie begins with a thrilling scene that gives the audience a good sense of the detective’s personality. For a good portion of the movie, we meet all of the passengers on the train. Each character has an occupation that sets them apart from the others. The characters also each have a unique wardrobe that caters to their personality. Some are dressed in lavish furs, while most of the men have their own funny-looking facial hairstyle. The setting, of course, is a beautifully furnished train, but there are also the surrounding landscapes of tall, snow-covered mountains. It a perfect movie to watch during the winter time for this matter. Aside from these aspects, I thought the movie was entertaining, for I was trying to guess who the murderer was like the detective. Throughout the investigating process, a side story is then added to the main plot. This was a little confusing to grasp and additionally put a damper in my own detective process. In the end though, we did uncover the murderer as well as learn a lesson about justice.
Upon exiting the film, I believed it was a great adaptation of the classic “who-dun-it” book. I undeniably experienced some confusion when more outside information was added to the main conflict—the thick accents also caused slight deciphering issues when uncovering clues. Besides those two small obstacles, I was fond of the movie and would recommend it. It is a great way to test your predicting skills and can even be made into a challenge for you and your movie-going pals.