“It is the brain, the little gray cells on which one must rely. One must seek the truth within--not without."
Poirot is back . . . we have had to wait way too long.
Those who do not enjoy Agatha Christie are to pitied. Why her books are not mandatory reading in all schools is beyond me.
Simply, Christie is the best selling author in the history of the human race with about 4 Billion copies of her books in print.
As a kid I fell in love with Christie's classic 1945 movie And Then There Were None. I was hooked and my library overflows with Christie books and DVDs.
Naturally my wife and I were in line on opening day for the re-boot of Murder on the Orient Express.
Judging the current version of Poirot is difficult. For a fan there is so much baggage in the back of your mind. In every moment you are thinking about past Poirot's Albert Finney, Peter Ustinov and David Suchet. How did they play that scene or say those exact words?
I will say that Kenneth Branagh played a wonderful Poirot. He was faithful to the character and the original story.
The 1930s settings and photography are beautiful on the big screen. The supporting cast of suspects on the train are perhaps weaker than in the 1974 version. But beating that original cast which included Lauren Bacal, Sean Connery and Ingrid Bergman is tough.
All that matters is Poirot is back and a sequel is set up with Death on the Nile.
Rated - 8 our of 10
Murder on the Orient Express (1974) Trailer
|Albert Finney played Poirot in 1974 in the cinematic version of Murder on the Orient Express. Finney is the only actor to receive an Academy Award nomination for playing Poirot, though he did not win.|
|Peter Ustinov played Poirot six times, starting with Death on the Nile (1978). He reprised the role in Evil Under the Sun (1982) and Appointment with Death (1988).|
|PBS, Agatha Christie's Poirot|
David Suchet was recommended for the part by Christie's family, who had seen him appear as Blott in the TV adaptation of Tom Sharpe's Blott on the Landscape. Suchet, a method actor, said that he prepared for the part by reading all the Poirot novels and every short story, and copying out every piece of description about the character.