Official Trailer for Branagh's 'Murder on the Orient Express' Remake
by Alex Billington
June 1, 2017
"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:
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?
Cool. Love a good murder mystery + I've never seen the old one.
Efterklang on Jun 1, 2017
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.
Efterklang on Jun 2, 2017
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.
Efterklang on Jun 2, 2017
I'll add it to my ever-growing watchlist. I "acquired" Lumet's Murder on the Orient Express today, will probably watch it soon.
Efterklang on Jun 3, 2017
The mustache is ridicule. I would have preferred Derek Jacobi in the role of Poirot. He has the Peter Ustinov look.
tarek on Jun 1, 2017
I wonder if this reaches "people" unspoiled. I have seen the original many times and DO remember exactly "whodunnit".
Stefan Kuhlmann on Jun 1, 2017
I'd still do that widow
Tester on Jun 1, 2017
Hell of a good cast.
grimjob on Jun 1, 2017
I'll turn out for this based on the cast alone.
Jimmy Rabbitte on Jun 1, 2017
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.
THE_RAW_ on Jun 1, 2017
I'll check it out! Question @Bo, what did you think of Eyes Wide Shut?
THE_RAW_ on Jun 1, 2017
All men are fallible Bo. Even Kubrick. ;D
tarek on Jun 2, 2017
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!
THE_RAW_ on Jun 2, 2017
Count me in!
SacLA on Jun 1, 2017
Nice. I hope he can make a few more of these.
DAVIDPD on Jun 1, 2017
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.
GonnaDieNow on Jun 1, 2017
It all depend on the cast. And they look quite predictable ...
shiboleth on Jun 2, 2017
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.
ken on Jun 18, 2017
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.
Jeffrey Glenn on Jun 23, 2017
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