If like myself you’re a bit of a sucker for a good old fashioned ‘whodunit?’ the news that Agatha Christie’s all time classic 1934 novel Murder on the Orient Express was being made into a full-scale 20th Century Fox film would have been music to your ears. The story is a classic murder mystery. Lovable (and irritably shrewd) Belgian detective Hercule Poirot (played by Director, Kenneth Branagh) is enjoying a well-deserved break from the day job when disaster strikes and he is forced to live up to his reputation as the world’s greatest sleuth.
What’s the plot? Well the clue’s in the title, really.
Set in the world of 1930s Europe, the story follows the plight of thirteen strangers who board the world famous Orient Express for a luxury trip travelling from Istanbul to London. Things take a turn for the macabre when a murder takes place and Poirot must act quickly to discover the culprit before they strike again. Meanwhile, a wild snow storm holds the passengers captive, trapped amongst a killer.
The adaptation is not short of big names, boasting an all-star cast including the likes of Willem Dafoe, Michelle Pfeiffer, Judi Dench and Johnny Depp.
Last night, the stars (or rather the suspects) hit the red carpet at the film’s World Premiere at The Royal Albert Hall in London, hosted by ITV’s Lorraine Kelly. The actors greeted fans, took selfies, signed autographs and chatted with reporters. Johnny Depp was particularly full of praise for his co-stars, gushing to one reporter that Judi Dench was his ‘one true love’ and that he jumps at any opportunity to work alongside Kenneth Branagh.
So when can you settle down with your popcorn and watch the murder mystery? The good news is that Murder On The Orient Express is being screened in cinemas nationwide from today. So why not get a group together and take a well deserved break from uni this weekend by hitting your local cinema and indulging in a good bit of sleuth action. Fancy being a film critic yourself? Let us know what you think by connecting with us on Instagram (@unilovers.co.uk) and sharing your thoughts on Hollywood’s latest hit!
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