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‘Murder on the Orient Express’ stays true to original classic while adding new twists

Kenneth Branagh’s “Murder on the Orient Express” is the newest film adaptation of Agatha Christie’s 1934 novel.

When world-famous detective Hercule Poirot begins his journey on the Orient Express, he’s hoping for a calm, crime-free three days. Little does he know, he is to get a lot more. The journey takes a quick turn when Poirot gets wrapped up in solving a puzzling murder mystery. 

With May as National Mystery Month, “Murder on the Orient Express,” available to rent on many major streaming platforms, is the perfect weekend movie for families, friends or individuals looking for a thrilling mystery, as Branagh’s two-hour film adaptation stays true to the world-renowned book while adding something new. 

In 2017, Kenneth Branagh took to the screens as lead actor in his film adaptation of Agatha Christie’s beloved book “Murder on the Orient Express.” The film follows detective Poirot on his journey on the Orient Express, which is unexpectedly stopped in the middle of the trip for a few days. During that time, Poirot must solve a murder mystery involving a passenger on the train.

Opening with a new scene, the film promises a new take on Christie’s classic story. Immediately, detective Poirot demonstrates his wit and humor that readers of the book know and love. His outrageously curly mustache helps him embody his strange, unique character even more. 

The passengers and suspects aboard the express are played by many well-known actors, each bringing their own spark and flair to each of the characters. With actors like Leslie Odom Jr. and Johnny Depp and more, viewers will find themselves recognizing many actors taking on new roles in this film.

While having many new twists and scenes from the original story, the movie adaptation keeps the basic plot and many of the same lines from its inspiration. One particularly strong and funny line is when Poirot turns down a case offered to him, telling the offerer, “I don’t like your face.”

This is a movie that can be enjoyed by all different ages, ranging from 13 up. That makes this movie perfect for families and friends to enjoy together. Because it does not really have a target audience, it can bring together many different generations through the shared desire to learn who the murder culprit is. The movie can be enjoyed by lovers of the book, as well as anyone looking for a movie that will instantly hook the viewer and keep them into it until the end.

A movie like “Murder on the Orient Express” has a lot to live up to, and Branagh’s film adaptation does a great job of keeping what readers love about Christie’s book, while at the same time changing some things to make it a film that movie lovers will enjoy. 

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Dina Letko
Dina Letko, Reporter
Dina Sadikovic Letko is a member of the Class of 2027. She began journalism in the 2023-24 school year as a ninth grader. Outside of journalism, she loves spending time with her family, reading, and writing. She published her first book around the same time that she joined journalism. She also loves playing outdoors, swimming, and she has been playing tennis since she was six years old. She plays competitively on the school tennis team.

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