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Orient Express Murdered . . .

Branagh needs to keep it on the stage or set in Scandanavia. When he gets involved things spin like a wobbly top. I could no more except him as Poirot as I could as Reinhard Heydrich. He has given us not a retelling but reimagined Agatha Christie tale that is rich with color, drone cinematagrophy, racial diversity, and political correctness. I lost count of the references to "race" in the script that somehow Branagh and the writer thought Christie would have included if she had just finished the book this year.

Lots of nice cinematograpy and glorious CGI serve as a backdrop for his less than inspired cast to play their parts. So many of the ensemble walked periously close to the phone booth and Depp's character was truly despicable. Maybe too despicable. I have trouble remembering who was the standout but Daisy Ridley was clearly intended to be in the spotlight.

I guess my bowels are in an uproar over Branagh himself and the unnecessary social engineering heaped into the script. Let's just tell a story as it was written without reordering it to fit the social landscape.

Many will want to see a nice, lush, clean film as the holidays start. That audience will get clean language, a few bits of high brow humor, and pretty art direction. Those faithful to Ms Christie may be disappointed.

Flip a coin between walking in and waiting for cable. And Kenny, reconsider acting and directing simultaneoulsy.




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Topic - Orient Express Murdered . . . - Billy Wonka 15:28:05 11/11/17 (19)

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