Official Trailer for Branagh's 'Murder on the Orient Express' Remake

June 1, 2017
Source: YouTube

Murder on the Orient Express Trailer

"Everyone is a suspect." 20th Century Fox has unveiled the first official trailer for the new remake (or re-adaptation) of Murder on the Orient Express, the murder mystery set on a luxurious European train. Adapted from Agatha Christie's novel, Kenneth Branagh directs this updated version, which boasts a very impressive cast: Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penélope Cruz, Daisy Ridley, Josh Gad, Willem Dafoe, Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Tom Bateman, Lucy Boynton, Olivia Colman, Miranda Raison, and Derek Jacobi. This actually looks a bit better than expected, even though the 1974 film is hard to live up to, they're doing their best to bring us something new. I'm intrigued and will hope for the best. Plus, I love trains, so they've got already got me there. The teaser poster is gorgeous as well. See below.

Here's the first trailer (+ poster) for Kenneth Branagh's Murder on the Orient Express, from YouTube:

Murder on the Orient Express Poster

A lavish train ride on the "Orient Express" through Europe quickly unfolds into the thrilling mystery of thirteen strangers stranded on a train, where everyone's a suspect. One man must race against time to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again. Murder on the Orient Express is directed by Oscar-nominated Irish actor-filmmaker Kenneth Branagh, director of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Hamlet, Love's Labour's Lost, As You Like It, The Magic Flute, Sleuth, Thor, Macbeth, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, and Disney's Cinderella previously. The screenplay is written by Michael Green; based on Agatha Christie's novel. This is also a remake of the 1974 film of the same name. 20th Century Fox will release Branagh's Murder on the Orient Express in theaters nationwide starting on November 10th later this fall. Thoughts?

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  • Efterklang
    Cool. Love a good murder mystery + I've never seen the old one.
    • Bo
      You'll be much better off viewing the old one instead of this Branagh over-the-top monstrosity, believe me.
      • Efterklang
        Bit early to say, isn't it? You might be right though, we'll have to wait and see. I will probably check them both out.
        • Bo
          No, I don't think it's a bit early considering Sidney Lumet was a master director and Branagh is a hack! And that Albert Finney in the lead vs. Branagh who's acting is shallow, simplistic and obvious, over the top with show boating nonsense always present in it. Plus, Lumet's whole cast is so much better than the people assembled for this current attempt. Just sayin....and I'd be floored...flabbergasted in fact, if anything, including this, of Branagh's was better than anything of Lumet' Cheers!
          • Efterklang
            I don't really have an opinion of Branagh either way, can't remember having seen him in much, if anything at all. It seems like he has done something to piss you off though, lol. The only film directed by him I've seen is Thor, which was pretty bad. While when I hear Lumet, I think of 12 Angry Men, which is one of the best movies I've seen. So you might be onto something. That said, I'll give this a chance.
          • Bo
   for your reply. Nah, Branagh doesn't piss me off, I just can't stand yes, Thor is his typical kind of stuff. Thank you as I do believe 'I'm on to something' you liked Lumet's 12 Angry Men, but, as you probably know he has many excellent films to his credit. Need I mention Long Day's Journey Into Night, The Pawnbroker, the excellent The Hill with Sean Connery, Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, Network, The Verdict, to name just a few and I do believe I've made my point and am 'on to something', Lumet was on of the great Amercian filmmakers and Branagh is nothing more than a hack. Period! Cheers! P.S. The Hill is very much worth a serious effort to see as it really is something. One of my very favorite films of all time.
          • Efterklang
            I'll add it to my ever-growing watchlist. I "acquired" Lumet's Murder on the Orient Express today, will probably watch it soon.
          • Bo
            Cool. I hope you enjoy it. I must admit I'm not a big fan of these kinds of movies and Agatha Christie per se, but I do hope you enjoy it. There are much better Lumet films that need to be watched, however. Like The Hill, which I stated. A brutal movie filmed in black and white from 1965 about a military prison camp with an early excellent turn by Sean Connery. Excellent, but pretty dark and brutal about the ways of men. Good luck with the Orient Express viewing.
  • The mustache is ridicule. I would have preferred Derek Jacobi in the role of Poirot. He has the Peter Ustinov look.
    • Bo
      Excellent point, which is why people should check out Sidney Lumet's film from 1974...Sidney Lumet and Albert Finney playing the lead for crissakes. Of course, I am repelled by Branagh. His over the top shallow and obvious acting and consider him a hack as a director.
  • Stefan Kuhlmann
    I wonder if this reaches "people" unspoiled. I have seen the original many times and DO remember exactly "whodunnit".
  • Tester
    I'd still do that widow
  • grimjob
    Hell of a good cast.
    • Jimmy Rabbitte
      I'll turn out for this based on the cast alone.
  • I was on board (no pun intended) with this trailer until that sh*tty song started playing at the end. Cast is superb and the cinematography looks beautiful....might be worth theater admission.
    • Bo
      It won't be, believe me Raw. Best to watch the 1974 version. It was directed by Sidney Lumet, for crissakes! Branagh is a big time light weight director...especially compared to the likes of Lumet. Lumen's film, it was shot on film, had the great DP Geoffrey Unsworth...who shot great films like 2001, Becket with O'Toole and Burton, Bob Fosse's Cabaret to name just a very few of his films. There is also no comparison to the cast either as the great Albert Finney played Poirot and again, Branagh is a trite, shallow nothing compared to Finney. Lumen's cast also had the likes of Becall, Ingrid Bergman, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, and Vanessa Redgrave to name just a few. The cinematography work of Unsworth was a beautiful as you can get and there simply is no comparison between Lumet's very good and entertaining movie and this one from the likes of Branagh and his tendency to be simplistic and way, way over the top. Check out Lumet's film, Raw, and don't waste your time or money on this one. Believe me here as I know of what I'm talking
      • I'll check it out! Question @Bo, what did you think of Eyes Wide Shut?
        • Bo
          Yea, check it out...first...then you won't bother with this one, I can assure you. Ah...a most difficult question regarding Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut. Difficult because I think so many different thoughts regarding it. First of all, I'm not a fan of Tom Cruise and that was and still is a huge difficulty I had with this film. Kubrick had approached or it was in the works for Alec Baldwin and Kim Bassinger to do it with him when they were married. Now, that would have been much, much better in my eyes...don't pardon the As with all of Kubrick's work I have always and will always give him the benefit of doubt because he was such a genius, such an intelligent man and so far above the heads of most folks I would hesitate to ever be critical of his work and would fall into the thinking that I wasn't sure I understood what he was getting at...and that would be the case with Eyes Wide Shut. I've a little problem with the title too as it seems a little 'nail on the head' for my taste and coming from Kubrick, plus a little too 'cute' to boot. I read the source material, of course, and understood, I, but not sure Kubrick was very successful in adapting it into a modern story with all the sexual stuff the material was dealing with. It almost seemed to me that Kubrick was too old and too isolated from the modern sexual mores and didn't understand that the material was a bit outdated. Again, I hesitate to complain about Kubrick's take as he always operated way above most of us and our thinking. Still, I had many problems with Eyes and some of the film's scenes and sequences were pretty ridiculous, but again, I might have missed Kubrick's intentions. I've learned a lot about films and how to view them and what the filmmaker's intentions are from viewing, and eventually understanding most of Kubrick's work. The whole last portion and ending of 2001 is still pretty elusive, but I've some much better clarity today on it than I did for many, many years. When I first viewed Barry Lyndon I didn't like it, but then I didn't get it...or understand it. Now, it's my favorite movie of all time. It's so brilliant on all levels of cinema, plus a very caustic, sardonic, satirical and extremely funny film that tears apart the human condition and it's absurdities and pretenses. The Shining I saw at the Chinese Theatre in L.A. and got it from frame one to the end. Got up and went the bathroom and sat down and watched it again and concretized my delight and understanding of again, a very funny movie from Kubrick. I did not have that experience with Eyes Wide Shut. I tried to like it. I tried to understand it. I tried to give it a break, but alas, it just has never worked for me. Such a pity, but then it's a piece of work better than the ordinary nonsense of American Cinema over that last several decades. I applaud Kubrick for his attempt at adapting the book, but I'm not too sure he succeeded. It would have been interesting if he had lived to maybe give an interview or two about it, but even then he might not have. I do have a very lengthly interview with him I listen to often discussing his life and work. He talks with quite a high voice, but one can tell just how calm, cool and intelligent he is and never gets emotional or lets emotions distort his perceptions and behavior. A very interesting man and one of, if not to me, the greatest filmmaker who has ever lived and made films. So...there you go, my friend. I didn't realize I'd go on and on as such, but why edit and not answer your question as fully and honestly as possible? Now, what did you think of Eyes Wide Shut and what do you think of Kubrick and his work?
          • All men are fallible Bo. Even Kubrick. ;D
          • Bo
   enough, but we weren't discussing Kubrick's fallibility as a human being, which would be impossible to do unless we had direct, personal experience with him. I enjoyed my back and forth communications with him via letters back in 1984 regarding the possibilities of my coming on as a military advisor for Full Metal Jacket due to my having been a Drill Sgt. in the Army and also having worked on a huge Viet Nam film in the same capacity. However, I believe I finally brought up the fact that I was in the Army and his soldiers and boot camp was the Marines. A big difference and one neither I nor him for sure wanted to ignore. As for Kubrick's me, let no man be critical of them for they are not operating on the same level as he is and I've never been in agreement with anyone ever in their critical analysis of any of his films. So there is that! I do enjoy discussing them like myself and Raw have been doing above though.;D also, which I can't remember what that even means, but I do believe it's, tarek.
          • Hahaha! That was definitely a thorough answer which I wholly appreciate. Myself, I struggle with revering Kubrick as a genius. For me, he has hits and misses. His catalog has definitely created some iconic cultural moments, but I don't think he's without his flaws. Eyes Wide Shut however, I appreciated. I'm not familiar with the source material (I know it's based off a early 20th century book/story with sexual themes), so I don't have that to compare it to, but for myself, I felt it was an intriguing look into how our minds react when faced with jealousy and fantasy. How it can twist your emotions and lets your imagination lead you down strange and somewhat dark paths. Back when I was in the dating scene, there would be many a night where I wouldn't get a return call from the girl I was dating/pursuing and would have all these terrible thoughts going on about "her with someone else". For this reason, I found EWS fascinating and intriguing, aside from all the fleshly delights scattered within. In regard to the rest of his filmography, The Shining is my favorite of his, followed by Eyes Wide Shut, Barry Lyndon and 2001: A Space Odyssey (which I was a bit bored with and was also left scratching my head at the end, but HAL 9000 is one of my favorite villains of all time)Full Metal Jacket, A Clockwork Orange and Dr. Strangelove (which I've been unable to finish). The one thing I think he was an expert at, is scoring his movies. His soundtracks are some of the best in cinema. The music seems to be expertly chosen and elevates his films. But I think you're definitely right about how elevated his thinking was. His films were commercially successful art in high form. I think the man was definitely intelligent and had more vision than most directors these days. Many of his films were definitely cerebral, allowing the viewer to interpret the context. But...that's pretty much my thoughts on it. Thanks for the great banter again!
          • Bo
            Sorry, Raw for this delay...I thought, am even pretty sure I replied to your reply and thoughts regarding Kubrick and his work. You make many good points. Yea, the genius knows? It's bandied about a lot these days along with 'masterpiece' if ever there was a genius working in film it'd have to be Kubrick. In my opinion. I'm also of the opinion that we who comment and even have the nuts to criticize someone of Kubrick's stature might well remember we are just stump jumpers on the internet comment sections of film sites, which makes us members of the peanut gallery and might respectfully remember that our voices should not even be taken with a grain of salt by the likes of Kubrick, which I can assure they were not even a puff of wind around! Please notice that I included myself in this peanut gallery. And yes, I know...we all just must post and express out 'opinions''s 'our right' care, Raw. I enjoy our conversations about films and our different takes on them. Peace.
  • SacLA
    Count me in!
    Nice. I hope he can make a few more of these.
  • GonnaDieNow
    What an overrated cast, Michelle Pfeiffer, Josh Gad, Willem Dafoe, Kenneth Branagh, ugh, and Branagh is a hack director. They're trying to win awards, deserve none. Pass.
  • shiboleth
    It all depend on the cast. And they look quite predictable ...
  • ken
    If he is too continue to play the Belgium detective, let's hope he trims back the mustache. Although a mustache that size, might distract from his horrible Belgium accent.
  • Jeffrey Glenn
    I've read the book, and seen the other versions. I agree the 1970's version is the best, but the best Poirot is undoubtedly David Suchet. He just nails the character's most recognizable traits. I do agree with other comments that the moustache kind of ruins this one. It is far too unkempt for Poirot. All that being said, I'll be there when it opens.




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