At the very beginning of this year, I promised myself to pick more worldwide famous authors, than reading only the contemporary bestsellers.
Agatha Christie is my mother’s favourite author since she has at least three full shelves of her books. And “Murder on the Orient Express” was really at my hand, so I started reading this mysterious case where Hercule Poirot was again the master of investigations.
The book versus the movie
There are thousands of book reviews, and there is hard to tell you what others didn’t.
On fast forward, the famous detective Hercule Poirot needs to travel to London, by the Orient Express train, to solve a pressing case. At some moment in the night, he hears somebody screaming and discovers mister Ratchett’s body stabbed by 12 times. The same mister Ratchett asked Poirot, at the beginning of the trip, to work for him, as he felt in danger.
From now on, all the twelve passengers of the Orient Express are suspects of this criminal case. With his wisdom, courage and an exceptional “smell” of the investigation, Poirot has a captivating journey of discovering the murderer. And I failed so many times in trying to guess who was him, which I found excellent. Only at the very ending, Agatha Christie revealed the truth.
Now let’s compare the book with the movie. The 2017 film had both great stars (Kenneth Branagh, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Johnny Deep) and an excellent directing, by Kenneth Branagh. Most of the times, I prefer the books, because I love to contour the characters in my manner. For instance, Poirot was taller and older in my mind than in the movie. But still, I was impressed how good was the film, how captivating despite I also read the book and how successful were the decors, the special effects, and the actors.
I would recommend the book first and then the movie, as a validation of your thoughts. Both are great and deserve your attention.
I am sure there are plenty of fans of Agatha Christie, so you are welcome to leave your recommendations down below because I would love to read some other roman cops of hers.