As the resident superfan of actor/director Kenneth Branagh here at Lewton Bus, I was already hyped for his adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express before any promotional material hit. Branagh directing a murder mystery with an all-star cast featuring Daisy Ridley, Josh Gad, Michelle Pfeiffer, Judi Dench, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, and Leslie Odom, Jr.? Sign me up!
Now that we have a trailer, I’m still pretty hyped.
There’s quite a bit in the trailer that doesn’t work: the Imagine Dragons song doesn’t fit at all with the tone of the trailer beforehand, and I can already picture audiences bursting out into laughter at the dramatic reveal of Branagh’s ridiculous/amazing mustache. However, the movie being sold here is exactly up my alley. The cast looks great, the production design looks incredible, a classic “whodunit?” marketing campaign was set up that should generate some audience interest if played right. And the shot going through the train car setting up the roles of each character would have sold me on the movie even if I hadn’t been sold already, that’s just good filmmaking.
Murder on the Orient Express hits theaters on November 10th.