Murder on the Orient Express: Book or Movie?

After a hiatus that was much too long for my liking, I’m back! I’m going to try to post every few days so here’s to that.

I recently finished reading Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. It was my first venture into mystery (outside the realm of Nancy Drew, love you though Nancy) and I have to say that I had certain expectations for this book, as I’ve heard so many good things about it, and it was nothing like I had expected. It blew me away. I will definitely be returning to Agatha Christie’s work very soon.

For those of you who have not had the absolute pleasure of reading Murder on the Orient Express, 13 passengers board a train, and on their first night aboard, one of their own is murdered. Esteemed Belgian detective Hercule Poirot is also onboard the train, and takes it upon himself to attempt to solve the case before the train arrives at its next station. This book is full of so many plot twists and yet it’s still so easy to follow. The ending is a complete surprise and I was stunned when it was all revealed.

Curiously enough, the movie version of this book came out not too long ago, and it peaked my interest. I generally tend to prefer the books to their movie counterparts, but I was very curious to see how this particular movie adaptation played out (in addition to my undying love for pretty much the entire cast) given its all star cast, which included Kenneth Branagh, Judy Dench, Josh Gad, Daisy Ridley, and Michelle Pfeiffer to name a few. I’m not going to spoil anything for you all, but I will say that this movie adaptation was phenomenal. Kenneth Branagh’s stellar cinematography enhances the feeling that you’re there too, and not jsut watching it from your bed on Amazon Prime (like I will be later tonight). The actors all deliver awe-inspiring performances and successfully leave me speechless everytime I watch the movie (which has been a fair few times, to be quite honest).

So it’s safe to say that as far as movie adaptations of classic books go, Murder on the Orient Express was an incredible parallel to the story that meny, myself included, know and love.

Which one do you prefer? And what’s your favorite book-to-movie adaptation? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time!

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