For months now, we’ve been banging on about the 2017 movie, Murder on the Orient Express. We’ve been counting down the days, filling you with all kinds of information (we know, we’re the best) and urging you to go and see Kenneth Branagh’s latest creation. Well, that day has finally dawned on us, and the critics have delved into movie theaters across the world to give their verdict. But after all of the hype, there are some critics who weren’t impressed, and The Murder on the Orient Express has been given a measly 65% on Rotten Tomatoes. Ouch.
Yep, those who have already seen the movie are in two minds about it. Some have absolutely loved it, others have felt it was an okay-ish adaptation of a classic crime thriller. Nevertheless, there is one things they can all agree on – the cast is bloomin’ awesome. Of course, we always knew this was going to be the case. With the likes of Johnny Depp, Dame Judi Dench, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Josh Gad, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kenneth Branagh and even more A-LIst actors boarding the train, there was no doubt that the movie was going to be a clear success on the acting front. However, there are a few critics who believed the A-List stars were pushed to the side to make way for the Kenneth Branagh show. Film critics Peter Howell has had his say:
Kenneth Branagh’s remake of the Murder on the Orient Express is billed as a motion picture. But it might better be thought of as a two-hour moving selfie of the director, who is also the lead star.
Considering Branagh plays the lead detective and solver of this murder mystery, Poirot, it makes sense that there’s a lot of focus on his character – but we’ll leave you to make your own decisions on this one.
Many critics have also been quick to compare the new movie with the classic Agatha Christie novel. Of course, we could debate for days on whether books are better than movies (books win every time), but in this case it seems the novel IS better than the movie. Here’s what Joe Morgenstern had to say:
This entirely superfluous remake will have you bewailing the state of entertainment along with the fate of novelist Agatha Christie, whose quaint old wheeze of a parlor-car game deserved to stay fondly remembered.
Johnny Oleksinski from the New York Post also had something to say on the new movie, but kept it short and (not so) sweet.
The Murder on the Orient Express has been… murdered!
However, the reviews haven’t been all bad. In fact, here’s the critic’s consensus from Rotten Tomatoes:
Stylish production and an all-star ensemble keep this Murder on the Orient Express from running off the rails, even if it never quite builds up to its classic predecessor’s illustrious head of steam.
Okay, even that’s not great. Have you already seen the movie? Let us know what you thought of it in the comments!