Release Date: November 10, 2018
Based on Agatha Christie’s classic whodunit, Murder on the Orient Express has the world’s best detective on a train stuck in a snowfall trying to solve a murder before the train can be freed and set on its way. A story that has been told before in film and on television, not to mention the book which is one of the most famous detective novels of all-time. I’m not sure how I have never seen or read it, but I went into the movie without knowing the story, and I’m glad this was the first time for me. The movie has a large cast of famous actors and a successful director, so I was looking forward to it.
I am not a fan of period pieces. I like older movies and black and white, but I usually don’t like movies set before 1940 and I’m not sure why. This doesn’t apply to the middle ages though because knights are awesome as we all know. Despite my feelings, I was very impressed with the set designs and costumes in this movie. It felt authentic but didn’t seem to try too hard to prove it was a fancy period piece.
The story unfolded at a great pace and gave just enough information to keep me interested in the mystery without making things too obvious, although it is more like they continued to give misdirection to reduce the obviousness. I thought I had it figured out about ¾ through and was right, but with all the other facts that came out, I began to question my thought process which was good. I won’t be purposely watching this movie again, only because the mystery is gone, but I did find myself hoping the same people made another movie with the detective which is one of the best praises I can give.