‘Murder on the Orient Express’ is an intriguing, if very talkative, mystery

By MARK VIOLA

Agatha Christie is still one of the most famous mystery writers of all time, and “Murder on the Orient Express” is one of her most well-known works, having been adapted over the years into several films and made-for-television productions.
The latest adaptation is from director Kenneth Branagh (“Cinderella,” “Thor”), who also stars at Christie’s famed detective, Hercule Poirot.

Boasting quality source material, a capable director and perhaps the most star-studded cast of the year, “Murder on the Orient Express” has everything going for it, a line I also used at the beginning of my review for another recent mystery film, “The Snowman.” Fortunately, unlike that disaster, this film mostly lives up to its pedigree, although your overall enjoyment of the movie will likely be based on your ability to sit through two hours of talking — a lot of talking.

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