So, Murder on the Orient Express is coming out this week.

And I have a quandary about it. I liked the original Agatha Christie novel, I liked the original movie, and I don’t even mind that they’re making another version, decades later. Murder on the Orient Express is a project that would appeal to the very highest ranks of Hollywood and stage actors… and that would be the problem, wouldn’t it?

How many of them knew?

Moe Lane

PS: I can stop asking myself that question long enough for Thor: Ragnarok and (probably) the Justice League movie.  But it’s gonna loom.

Kenneth Branagh remaking Murder on the Orient Express.

I’ll allow it: “Willem Dafoe is the latest actor to join director Kenneth Branagh’s star-studded remake of Murder on the Orient Express. He will join Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley, Judi Dench, Michelle Pfeiffer, Josh Gad, Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr., and Branagh.” Mostly because, like the author of the linked piece, I like most of the cast and the director.  This doesn’t have the feel of a ‘Hollywood wants to squeeze more juice out of an intellectual property’ situation; more like ‘a bunch of actors realized that they had the collective juice to go have fun onscreen.’

Although obviously Hollywood wants to make their money back, sure.  The point is… the point is, I want to see Judi Dench as the Princess and Kenneth Branagh as Hercule Poirot.  I think that I can be allowed that indulgence, surely.

Moe Lane

The original Murder on the Orient Express is, of course, one of the best murder mystery movies ever made, with its own ridiculously A-List cast.  If you’ve never seen it, you are missing out on a lot of fun. So go see it.