Murder on the Orient Express
Posted by martinteller on July 29, 2012
Perhaps I’m slipping into old, bad habits, but this is going to be another quick review. I don’t object to the whodunit format, in fact I usually find whodunits enjoyable (though I can’t think of any I would call a favorite). But this one annoyed me in its complexity. I can appreciate how intricately constructed it is, but the solution to the mystery was just too hard for me to swallow. The construction is intricate, but not elegant. I was unsatisfied.
As for the star-studded cast, it’s a lively crew and everyone gets a moment to shine. The problem with a cast like this is that you get neither the brief “Oh wow!” thrill of a quick cameo nor the rich character establishment/development that a larger part affords. For fans of a particular actor (as I am, to some degree, of Widmark, Hiller, Bergman and Perkins) it’s not really enough to quench your thirst. But Lumet manages for the most part to satisfy the viewer with just a taste of each performer.
So I dunno, I suppose most people who love this movie (or this story) enjoy it mostly for the final act, the customary gathering of all the suspects and laying out the discoveries. But I preferred the buildup and was somewhat disappointed by the resolution. Rating: Fair (65)