“Orient Express” Runs Out Of Steam

I’ve thought it looked overblown since I saw the first trailer, and critics are tending to agree. Of this Kenneth Branagh-directed remake, Variety says: ‘For those who know the outcome of “Murder” going in, the question isn’t so much whodunit as how Branagh will keep audiences guessing, and though he succeeds in creating the most memorable incarnation of Poirot ever seen on-screen (upstaging even Johnny Depp’s competing cameo), the movie is a failure overall, juggling too many characters to keep straight, and botching the last act so badly that those who go in blind may well walk out not having understood its infamous twist ending.’

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