Friday, January 26, 2024

Murder on the Orient Express Starring David Suchet Reviewed

David Suchet - Poirot
I recently watched Murder on the Orient Express starring David Suchet and I was reminded of how fabulous Suchet is as Hercule Poirot.  Frankly, in my opinion, he is by far the very best Hercule Poirot ever!  It is as if David Suchet was born to be Hercule Poirot.  He brings the character to life by giving him a face, a "personality" with quirks, mannerisms and recognizable traits.  David Suchet is to Hercule Poirot what Jeremy Brett was to Sherlock Holmes: Absolute Perfection!

Murder on the Orient Express is an excellent story that makes you question what your really think and how your really feel.  Would you prefer justice or the legal system?  Exactly what is justice and who should make that call?  If necessary, could you be the executioner? Definitely a movie worth watching, especially the 2010 version starring David Suchet.

It has been years since I watched the Suchet version of the movie and I wondered how I could ever think anyone else did that character, or Agatha Christie's novel, justice.  Because the plot is so spellbinding, unless a director or writer completely rewrites Christie's work, then the movie is going to be captivating.

Back in 2017, I reviewed the "Murder on the Orient Express" version starring Kenneth Branagh as Hercule Poirot.  In that review, I commented that the actors made that movie.  It is true!  With actors like Michelle Pfeiffer, Willem Defoe and Johnny Depp, how could it not be a hit and fun to watch.  However, the story really doesn't need all the "tinsel" to be rated among the best, but I'm sure they made a big difference at the box office. 

If you only have the time and desire to watch one version of Murder on the Orient Express, I recommend the version that stars David Suchet as Hercule Poirot. 

 

Murder on the Orient Express

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The greatest detective in the world, Hercule Poirot, is fortunate to secure a seat aboard the Orient Express.  The train is sold out, but a friend, who happens to be the director of the train line, assures Poirot he will be able to accommodate him.  After much maneuvering and manipulating the passenger list, his friend is able to find a place for him.  However, this is one train Poirot may wish he had never boarded.  

Early on in the trip, Poirot is approached by a passenger who believes he is in danger.  He offers Poirot a large sum of money to protect him, but there is something Hercule doesn't like about the man, so he refuses the job.  When the man is murdered, it falls to Poirot to solve the crime.  

Who killed Samuel Ratchett and why was he targeted?  As Poirot studies the crime, he recalls seeing a picture of Ratchett in the newspapers.  As Hercule's "little grey cells" work, it all comes together.

This is a must-see movie for those who love a great mystery, especially one that challenges you to evaluate your perception of justice.







 


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5 comments:

  1. The storyline of the movie is definitely classsic Christie and, I gather from your review, that now we have found the perfect Poirot in David Suchet. He even LOOKS like what I picture Poirot to look like! This 2010 version of "Murder on the Orient Express" is certainly a version to watch. Thanks for introducing me to David Suchet, Sylvestermouse.

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  2. I've seen a much older version of this, but it was so long ago that I've forgotten it - I'll have to look for this version and watch it again - Thanks for the recommendation between the two versions you mention here

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  3. I have watched both versions of the film adaptations of Dame Agatha Christie’s iconic masterpiece multiple times. I agree completely that while both Branagh and Suchet did an excellent job, David Suchet is the definitive Hercules Poirot. The moral dilemma in which Poirot finds himself at the end of this film is truly poignant.

    I loved watching him in the eponymous role in the PBS Masterpiece Mystery series Poirot as well and was so sad when it ended.

    Thanks for reminding me about this gem of a film!

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  4. We saw Murder On The Orient Express with David Suchet and the one with Kenneth Branagh and found them both very enjoyable. The storyline is of course brilliant and it is a fantastic film. We have not watched it for a couple of years now though so thank you for this reminder and review.

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  5. This is a movie that I have not yet seen. Oh my, time to change that up! I will definitely put it on my list of movies after this wonderful review. Everything old is new again and this will be new to me! Thanks Sylvestermouse Cynthia!

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