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Murder on the Orient Express - Film Review

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by Helen Belli (subscribe)
I am now living in Kariong on the Central Coast
Published November 10th 2017
Who done it?
'It's all about Daisy'

Hercule Poirot, who calls himself 'the greatest detective in the world' needs to travel to England so he travels from Jerusalem to Istanbul to board the Orient Express to Calais. In 1934, and indeed today may still be, the most elegant way to make this trip.

This 2017 film is a remake of the 1974 version which starred Albert Finney as the famous detective Hercule Poirot together with a star-studded cast. It was nominated for six Academy Awards and is considered one of the finest films based on 'who done it' novels written by Agatha Christie. Those who view both films will undoubtedly compare the performances of the stars cast in both films. In the latest version, Judi Dench and Johnny Depp are among another star-studded cast. Kenneth Branagh plays the part of Poirot, as well as directing.

Avoca Pictoretheatre by night

The action starts in Jerusalem. Poiro was enjoying a well-earned holiday. It is interrupted when he is recalled back to work in London. He travels to Istanbul to join the Orient Express for a three day trip to Calais and then onto London. That is the plan.
An American fellow passenger, Mr. Ratchett [Johnny Depp] asks Poirot to be his bodyguard for the train trip as he has been receiving death threats. Poirot refuses. In the night, Ratchett is stabbed to death with 12 knife wounds. The train is hit by an avalanche and the engine is derailed. Poirot now gets to work with his usual flair to find a solution to the murderer with ingenious methodology.

A young girl, Daisy Armstrong has been murdered and everyone in the carriage is a suspect and has a reason to murder Ratchett. It's complicated. The train is pulled along by an authentic steam engine as are the costumes and music, which were in fashion in the period. Most of the time the film is dark and dreary and the passengers look very glum indeed.

Are any of the audience able to solve the murder before Poirot? The improbable ending kept yours truly guessing. Many will go to see this movie because the Orient Express is now back in fashion as the way to travel in Europe, it has a wonderful cast and Agatha Christie writes a great mystery novel which works well on the screen.

This was a special screening of the film. It was a fundraising night for the Central Coast Zonta Club and the cinema was packed. Supper was served and prizes were won. Yours truly won a beautiful vase of homegrown roses and the perfume still fills my home. Thank you Zonta. Zonta works towards helping 'every woman achieve her potential'. An ideal cause. To join with this amazing group of women go to for info.

The evening was another event in the ever-changing and exciting programs you will find at the Avoca Theatre

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