‘Murder on the BOREient Express’ am I right?

Category:  The Arts
Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 at 5:29 PM
‘Murder on the BOREient Express’ am I right? by Gabriel Hypes

After seeing the trailer for “Murder on the Orient Express” this summer, it was one of the movies I was most looking forward to this year. I considered reading the book or even just Googling what happens, as I was so curious behind a murder mystery on a train set in the 1930s. But, I decided it was best to just wait and learn the story for the first time whenever it came out. I made the wrong decision.

“Murder on the Orient Express” felt jumbled from start to finish, with the film only being carried along by the mystery of who was responsible for the crime. When you hear the words “Murder on the Orient Express,” which part stands out to you? I would assume “murder” because that’s what stuck out to me, and what was the driving force behind the movie.

The whole first half of the film was filled with vaguely introducing the characters and then making a few, uninteresting points that foreshadow the development of our main character, Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh). The movie started with a good 40 minutes of fluff that was either boring or made me roll my eyes in annoyance.

Back to the introduction of characters; the film struggles to even do that. With so many pivotal characters played by all great actors, we sort of get half-baked back-stories on everyone, but not enough information to be satisfied. There were some great characters and the whole cast was phenomenal, but we never got to dive deep into any of them.

I am very much against films reaching for three hour run times, but I feel “Murder on the Orient Express” could have benefited greatly by extending it another 30 minutes, or just cutting most of the beginning and starting with everyone already boarding the train.

I absolutely love a good mystery, and I love anything set in the ‘30s and ‘40s. With mysteries, I put myself in the shoes of the main character and think about what I would do next, and who I think did it.

With “Murder on the Orient Express,” I felt just like a spectator. It was Poirot running from end to end of the train, putting in pieces of stories we had no way of knowing about. This film was just taking us along for the ride rather than allowing the viewer to come up with their own outcomes.

“Murder on the Orient Express” only had a few things going for it. A story that has stood the test of time, and a cast that is filled with proven and up and coming talent. The rest just seems to fall flat, and the outcome is a boring mystery flick that left me feeling “meh” with the ending rather than the shocked feeling I was hoping for.

Gabriel Hypes can be reached at ae.spectator@gmail.com.

Tags: film review

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