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20th Century Fox has just released its first trailer for its upcoming Murder on the Orient Express, which you can watch below. As we have covered before, the movie is a retelling of the classic tale by Agatha Christie of thirteen strangers stranded on a train when a brutal murder occurs, and Hercule Poirot‘s quest to solve it.

Clearly trying to transform itself into the quick-punch, explosion-laden style of 21st Century movie telling, director (and star) Kenneth Branagh seems to have taken the film into a more “fast-paced” direction. The billing for the film describes a “race against time” to find the culprit.

Christie fans will of course be weary of such an approach. The book, and the original 1970s movie with the highly-acclaimed cast that included Ingrid Bergman and Sean Connery, was a slow-paced, slow-burn intellectual drama with a ridiculously high-value payoff in the final moments. Really one of those well-kept secret plot twists in an all-time classic tale that is now almost 100 years old.

I am slightly skeptical as to how this will translate when it’s put through the wringer of modern pacing created for bored audiences with attention span deficits. The latter part of the trailer even features ultra-modern music, which seems jarring with the 1930s, conservative Victorian setting of the original.

Still, Branagh has a knack for costume dramas, and who can deny a cast that includes him alongside William Dafoe, Judi Dench, Josh Gad, Daisy Ridley and Penelope Cruz? We will of course keep our minds open and our eyes peeled, and are still very-much looking forward to this film. We simply hope that in adapting the story to the 21st Century, the filmmakers don’t completely abandon the decade that actually spawned the tale.

Let us know your thoughts about the Murder on the Orient Express trailer. The movie will be released on November 10, 2017.

Source: 20th Century Fox

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J. Don Birnam

J. Don Birnam, a voting member of the New York Film Critics Online, has been a movie lover since he saw the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film in theaters at a tender age, and has been a devoted student of American film history every since. His favorite films range from Back to the Future to West Side Story, depending on the time of day, and has a mildly unhealthy obsessions with the Academy Awards. Any similarity with the slightly unstable writer in the seminal 1944 film ‘The Lost Weekend’ is pure coincidence

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