Kenneth Branagh took a 70s murder mystery and has made Murder on the Orient Express riveting, stunning and intriguing to watch compared to the brilliant original. Read on…
Murder on the Orient Express 2017 is equal if not better to the original 1974 film. There are a few changes, but they’re done in a manor that actually makes the film more intriguing to watch. The last 30 minutes of the film is different to some sorts, though it still has the same outcome.
What Kenneth Branagh did this time is that he toned down Agatha Christie’s racism within the dialogue of the script. In case you are unfamiliar with Christie’s novels, she was never shy of showing her colonial bigotry through her international crime capers. Screen Rant said it best, after the second World War though, people began to complain about the appearance of racist, xenophobic and anti-Semitic names and racial signifiers. Letters were sent to her publishers, and they gave permission for various offensive slurs to be stripped from certain novels, though it didn’t stop some slipping through the net.
This time around Kenneth Branagh was concious of that, so writer Michael Green and Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation not only dispenses with the casual prejudices of the period but calls them out too. Branagh plays the lead role in the film, detective Hercule Poirot. His character often has a purported xenophobic attitudes towards other nationalities while being on the receiving end of it.
In the film, the characters come from all backgrounds, British, Italian, American, Hungarian, Belgian, Greek, French, Swedish, German and Russian. In the film there is more than one occasion where Poirot makes stereotypical comments regarding Latins, Italians, Blacks, Germans, Russians and more.
ScreenRant writer Hanna Flint points out that Green has taken out these xenophobic descriptors and comments by the characters and actually put in a narrative dialogue that condemns prejudice in terms of race and foreignness. Tom Bateman’s Bouc, the train director, is a far more progressive character than his literary counterpart. His main argument for Poirot taking on the murder investigation is so that the Yugoslav police don’t automatically assume that the now-British-African Arbuthnot (Leslie Odom Jr.) and Foscarelli’s replacement Cuban-American Biniamino Marquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo) were responsible.
Regardless, the movie is brilliant, the casting superb and the acting is top notch. It’s great to see a remake like Murder on the Orient Express hit the screen 43-years-after it’s original film and still draw a large audience and great reviews.
Another fun fact about Murder is that Murder on the Orient Express proves Daisy Ridley will escape ‘Star Wars’. Ridley will have a promising career like Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson who escaped the binds of the Harry Potter franchise.
Sometimes actors can’t escape their mega hit films like most of the cast from Twilight and The Divergent Series with the exceptions of Zoe Kravitz, Miles Teller and Theo James.
Being an unknown before landing the lead role of Rey in the Star Wars final trilogy ending the 9 installment series. Ridley is quite good as Mary, despite her handful of scenes in Murder on the Orient Express. She plays the young governess who believes that she could hold her own opposite the world-renowned detective Hercule Poirot via Slashfilms. We feel more great performances will be coming from Daisy Ridley in the future.
Daisy’s upcoming projects include; A Woman of No Importance, Chaos Walking, Peter Rabbit (voice), Ophelia, Kolma, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Star Wars IX.
We highly recommend seeing Murder on the Orient Express.