The Murder on the Orient Express film produces mixed feelings

Angel Barreto, Staff Reporter

 Murder on the Orient Express is a murder mystery movie, which is based off of the 1974 novel by Agatha Christie. It stars some of 2017’s most familiar faces from Daisy Ridley and Willem Dafoe to Johnny Depp.

  The entire plot revolves around the luxury international railway service, the Orient Express, and its wealthy passengers on one particular route from Paris, Gare de l’Est to Giurgiu in Romania via Munich and Vienna in 1934. One of them is Hercule Poirot, who is basically the best detective in the entire world. While he is on that train, a murder is committed and he has to figure out who did it and the motive.

  Johnny Depp played the role of Ratchett, who is a businessman that is murdered on the train. I feel that he played an amazing role as a corrupt businessman who no one liked and who was just plain crazy. Daisy Ridley played Mary Debenham, who is an Englishwoman and is given the hardest time by the detective. Poirot, played by Shakespearean actor Kenneth Branagh, says that she is “cool and calm”, but is one of the main suspects because of her comments in the movie. Finally, Willem Dafoe plays Mr.Hardman, an American snoop who was hired by Ratchett to make sure he was safe. As an undercover agent, he played the role of a bigoted Nazi scientist. However, later in the movie it is revealed that he was in character for the entire time and never really meant the things he said.

If you’re a sensitive viewer, be warned that this movie contained a lot of racial discrimination toward the black and Latino community. Because of the time period this took place in, the minorities in the movie were the first ones to be accused by the others because of their skin color. I feel that the director put this in to show how it was back in 1930s.

I give this movie 7/10. The actors’ performances were entertaining, but I personally feel that the movie could have been better written. It seemed to just skim through the plot but made sure every major point was still included.This is a movie to go see if you love murder mysteries, but be aware that this probably won’t be the best murder mystery movie you will ever see.