Branagh

‘Murder on the Orient Express’ Gets a Sequel Despite Average Reviews

Kenneth Branagh and his comical mustache aren’t with Hollywood just yet. The director-actor will reprise his role as detective Hercule Poirot in a sequel to Murder on the Orient Express.

 

The sequel, Death on the Nile, will be yet another classic Christie mystery that can only be solved by Poirot’s inquisitive antics. If you’ve seen the former then you may not be surprised, as the ending of Murder on the Orient Express hints at the possibility of seeing more of his character.

 

What may come as a surprise is the fact that the sequel is moving forward despite the so-so reviews. The film, which has earned about 148.2  million dollars worldwide at the box office since its release, has an average score of 52 out of 100 based on the reviews of forty-one critics. 

 

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Matthew Jacobs of The Huffington Post called the adaptation, “[a] meaningless thrill ride that couldn’t be less thrilling if it tried.”  Richard Roeper was even more critical and had some strong opinions towards Branagh’s overshadowing performance, he wrote.

 

Never let it be said the director misses an opportunity to place his star front and center, unfortunately relegating just about everyone else in the obligatory International All-Star Cast to a paper-thin character with one or at most two defining personality traits. 

 

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While other critics were a bit more welcoming of the film, those responsible for its success, perhaps, was the audience itself.

 

The film garnered a “B” rating from audiences, ensuring that, to the dismay of some film critics, the sequel will still find an audience in the theater upon its release. 

 

The sequel will be developed by the same production company, Twentieth Century Fox, and will see a return of screenwriter Michael Green in addition to Branagh. The rest of the cast is yet to be announced.

 

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