Murder - Netflix
An investigation into the apparent drowning and death of Rafe Carey leads to investigating officer Corinne Evans soon tackling a murder case that leaves her having doubts about an incident in her personal life.
Runtime: 60 minutes
Murder - Murder on the Orient Express (2017 film) - Netflix
Murder on the Orient Express is a 2017 mystery drama film directed by Kenneth Branagh with a screenplay by Michael Green, based on the 1934 novel of the same name by Agatha Christie. The film stars Branagh as Hercule Poirot, with Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odom Jr., Michelle Pfeiffer, and Daisy Ridley in supporting roles. The film is the fourth screen adaptation of Christie's novel, following the 1974 film, a 2001 TV film version, and a 2010 episode of the television series Agatha Christie's Poirot. The plot follows Poirot, a world-renowned detective, as he seeks to solve a murder on the famous trans-European train in the 1930s. Principal photography began in November 2016 in the United Kingdom; it is one of the few productions in recent decades to have used 65mm film cameras. Murder on the Orient Express had its world premiere on November 2, 2017 at Royal Albert Hall in London, and was released in theatres in the United Kingdom on November 3, 2017, and in the United States on November 10, 2017, by 20th Century Fox. The film grossed over $351 million worldwide and received mixed reviews from critics, with praise for the cast's performances and the production value, but some criticism for not adding anything new to previous adaptations. A sequel, titled Death on the Nile, is scheduled for a release on December 20, 2019.
Murder - Critical response - Netflix
On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 57%, based on 241 reviews, with an average rating of 6.1/10. The website's critical consensus reads, “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.” On Metacritic the film has a weighted average score of 52 out of 100, based on 45 critics, indicating “mixed or average reviews”. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of “B” on an A+ to F scale. Leah Greenblatt of Entertainment Weekly gave the film a B+, calling it “a lushly old-fashioned adaptation wrapped in a veritable turducken of pearls, monocles, and international movie stars.” Blake Goble of Consequence of Sound said, “Handsomely staged, exceptionally well-cast, and reasonably faithful, Branagh has revived Murder on the Orient Express in a highly pleasing fashion.” Trace Thurman of Bloody Disgusting gave the film three and a half skulls and said, “For those looking for an involving murder mystery that is respectful of its source material and filled with an all-star cast, look no further than Murder on the Orient Express.” Matt Goldberg of Collider gave the film a B−, calling it a “handsomely crafted production,” albeit one that “falls apart at the climax of the film.” Josephine Livingstone of The New Republic praised the film's “stylized gorgeousness,” but wrote that Branagh's change of “Poirot's fussiness ... into obsessive compulsive tendencies” was “less distinct and, ultimately, less interesting”. On the negative side, Matthew Jacobs of The Huffington Post was impressed by the cast, but ultimately felt “Agatha Christie's whodunit has no steam.” Peter Travers of Rolling Stone found that there were many dull moments and that the film was a needless remake. Richard Roeper of Chicago Sun-Times gave the film two and a half stars, and stated that he felt it focused too much on Poirot to the detriment of the other characters, adding, “Never let it be said the director misses an opportunity to place his star front and center, unfortunately relegating just about everyone else in the obligatory International All-Star Cast to a paper-thin character with one or at most two defining personality traits.” Ignatiy Vishnevetsky of The A.V. Club rated the film a C+ and complained that Branagh's “erratic direction—more interested in cut glass and overhead shots than in suspicions and uncertainties—bungles both the perfect puzzle logic of the crime and its devious solution.” Christopher Orr of The Atlantic said the film was “visually sumptuous yet otherwise inert” and summed up, “Murder on the Orient Express is not a bad movie per se, merely one that feels self-indulgent and thoroughly unnecessary.”
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