Finally made it to the theater to see the new Murder on the Orient Express. I’ve heard such mixed reviews. I figured the cinematography would be worth it if nothing else. Sorry to say I was a little disappointed in that too. The costumes and the train were perfect, but so much of the snow covered mountain landscape seemed artificial to me. In a few scenes almost like the actors were filmed against that ‘green screen’ with the background put in later. Maybe we are just spectacularly spoiled with the quality of the films today!
Of course I think after years of David Suchet perfectly playing the character, no one is going to be able to step into the role without taking a lot of heat! I didn’t care for Branagh’s Poirot. But maybe he will grow on me, I hear he is doing Death on the Nile next.
And that mustache was ridiculous! Have you seen any pictures of it yet? I’m sure it’s been hard to miss with all the publicity about it.
BUT! I found this article online about it and it states that Agatha Christie described Poirot’s mustache as ‘magnificent’ and ‘immense’ and she was very protective over him. It was said that her husband had a disagreement with Albert Finney over the size of the mustache in the 1974 film version, which they loved, aside from the tiny mustache! So the tiny one we are used to seeing is not what Christie visualized on Poirot and he is her creation, so… Branagh said the size of the mustache was very important to Christie’s family for this film version and they worked as advisors on the film . Read the article, it’s good!
Have you seen it yet and what did you think? It’s a wonderful tale and you know, I don’t think I’ve ever read this one!