REVIEW: “Murder on the Orient Express” is a train wreck of a movie

“Murder on the Orient Express” is the second film adaptation of Agatha Christie’s mystery novel of the same name. It’s a classic mystery story: a murder occurs and a genius detective happens to be in the area to solve it. The first film adaptation was in 1974, and was considered one of the best adaptations of Christie’s works. The version released on Nov. 10, however, is a different story.

The new version has several well-known actors, including Josh Gad, voice actor for Olaf in “Frozen” (2013), Daisy Ridley, actor for Rey in “Star Wars” (2015), and Leslie Odom Jr., the actor who plays Aaron Burr in “Hamilton” (2015). These actors were unfortunately cast in the train wreck of a movie.

The main issue with the movie is the main character and detective Hercule Poirot, played by Kenneth Branagh. In a mystery film, the detective is the narrator; the audience needs them to explain how all the clues point to the culprit. It’s difficult to understand how the murder occurred, however, when the narrator is speaking in a thick, indecipherable accent. About half of the dialogue was understandable, and the rest was up to imagination.

Not only is the main character incomprehensible, but the movie is incredibly boring. Nothing feels dramatic or exciting. The most impressing part is the first five minutes with Poirot showing off how smart he is. Scenes of big revelations feel underwhelming, and the characters’ backstories are repetitive and predictable.

The camera angle also feels off at some points. When train director Bouc and Poirot discover the body, they don’t show the body to the audience for another ten minutes. A movie called “Murder on the Orient Express” should actually show a murder when it happens.

“Murder on the Orient Express” should have been retired after the adaptation in 1977, because in this new movie, the real murder victim was the source material.