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There were mixed feelings when it came to Branagh's Murder on the Orient Express. It was enjoyable but it was difficult to see Poirot reimagined as a vain man. But that all changed with the sequel Death on the Nile. This film had a prologue that wasn't necessary to the main story but it did explain why Poirot is the way he is. I'll go so far as to say that it even made the first film better because now we understand his actions. But before I go any further, allow me to set up the film with a small description.
Death on the Nile follows world-famous Hercule Poirot as he goes to Egypt for some much-needed relaxation. There, he runs into his old-friend Book, who introduces Poirot to the beautiful and wealthy Linette. Linette is getting married to Simon and they invite Poirot to come along on their boat trip down the Nile. Only a small group of people will be on the boat so Poirot accepts. But, as in pure Agatha Christie fashion, someone is found dead one morning and it's up to Poirot to find the killer before the boat docks in a manner of days.
Firstly, I must congratulate the cinematographers for accomplishing capturing the beauty of the Nile and Egypt as a whole. Almost every scene made me wish I could visit and see it for myself.
Secondly, the cast was perfect in every way. Margot Robbie and Gal Gadot were brilliant together. Russell Brand showed he's finally matured, taking on the role of the reserved but mysterious doctor. Letitia Wright performed wonderfully, showcasing a New Orleans accent. If you listened closely, you could hear her real accent pushing through a bit but it wasn't terribly noticeable. I loved seeing Rose Leslie as Linette's maid. It brought some change to her resume and her performance throughout was wonderful. Kenneth Branagh was of course brilliant as Poirot, a role I hope he continues to play.
The only negative I have to say about the film is that the killer is quite obvious from the start, even before a crime has even been committed. Put that aside and you have a perfectly enjoyable good time.
In conclusion, definitely see Death on the Nile. If you're a crime/mystery fan, or if you just love movies with a great story and a fantastic cast, you'll enjoy this film. I give it a 3.5 out of 4.
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