Kenneth Branagh's Murder on the Orient Express is lavish and star-studded

Does it measure up: Visually stunning in more ways than one is the remake of Murder on the Orient Express, directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penelope Cruz, and Judi Dench.
Does it measure up: Visually stunning in more ways than one is the remake of Murder on the Orient Express, directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penelope Cruz, and Judi Dench.

From the novel by Agatha Christie, the remake of Murder on the Orient Express is certainly star-studded.

It tells of thirteen stranded strangers and a race to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again.

It is the 1930s, and famed detective Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh), boards the legendary Orient Express for a lavish trip from Istanbul to Calais for a break between cases.

He is among a cross-section of American and European society. While on board he meets an interesting assortment of characters.

One of these is fellow passenger Edward Ratchett (Johnny Depp), who implores Mr Poirot to assist him while on the train as he fears for his well-being, through Poirot respectfully declines.

Spoiler alert: The next morning Ratchett is found murdered.

With the train halted due to snow build up on the tracks, and with the evidence and suspects piling up, Poirot finds himself diving into a case that could be his biggest yet.

See today’s page 3 for session details.