Later this week there will be the release of the second remake of the film Murder on the Orient Express with a star-studded cast. The first version was in 1974 and also had an even more stellar cast with the biggest names of that era, and there was a made-for-TV version in 2001. All these films are based on an Agatha Christie novel with the same title.
I was an avid reader of Christie’s novels and think I read pretty much all of them in my youth. This particular novel was, in my opinion, one of her worst with a plot that was utterly preposterous. I remember being really annoyed when I got to the end of the book. I did see the 1974 version and was not impressed and am baffled as to why it is being done again and how it has managed to obtain the financing to attract such talent. Kenneth Branagh directs it and plays the role of Hercule Poirot.
There is no accounting for tastes, as they say. I definitely won’t go to the theaters for it but may watch a streaming version later if I am really bored.
Here’s the trailer, with Branagh sporting an outrageous mustache in the role of Poirot.
Just for fun, here is the trailer of the 1974 film, which had a slightly campy feel to it though Poirot, played by Albert Finney, had a much more subdued mustache.
Seeing the stills of two trailers next to each other also demonstrates how films nowadays in post-production tend to reduce the richness of the color palette and replace it with a bluish tint, the reasons for which I discussed in a post six years ago and in comparing new and old film trailers, one sees this color transition clearly.