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It’s taken me a while to get around to this, but I can finally share some thoughts and predictions about the upcoming ‘Death on the Nile’ movie by director/actor Kenneth Branagh, which is the sequel to the 2017 movie ‘Murder on the Orient Express’. This should be an intriguing film to see. 🙂
At present, the film is meant to come out at cinemas in the US and hopefully in the UK on the 23rd of October 2020. Whether I’ll see the movie at a cinema is another matter. I’d like to think I can see the film at home via a video on demand option soon. If I have to wait for the film to come out via Google Play, then so be it. Perhaps I’ll be more confident about going to cinemas by October time. 😐
Anyway, let’s check out the trailer!
Earlier this year, I reviewed the ‘Agatha Christie Murder Mystery DVD Collection’ box set, which included the four John Brabourne/Richard Goodwin-produced films based on Agatha Christie‘s works. One of them of course was the 1978 ‘Death on the Nile’ movie with Peter Ustinov as Poirot. 🙂
I liked that movie very much as well as the second Peter Ustinov Poirot film ‘Evil Under The Sun’. They were both very compelling films with Peter Ustinov as the Belgium detective. So as you can imagine from me watching the films recently, I know these stories very well and how they work out.
From watching the trailer for the 2020 film, it seems to me that the movie works in the same direction as the 1978 film. With Poirot being on holiday in Egypt, a mysterious love triangle taking place and Poirot solving a murder mystery aboard a luxury Nile steamer. It feels really familiar to me.
In terms of how it would be different in the 2020 film compared to the 1978 film, I’m not really sure. It does seem to be more sexually suggestive, especially when the three participants in the love triangle. How Poirot solves the mystery and what moral implications are involved is another matter.
I’d like to think the story is better handled in the 2020 ‘Death on the Nile’ film compared to the 2017 ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ film. Whilst I liked the 2017 ‘Orient Express’ film fine, its ending was debatable in terms of how Poirot solved the crime. Hopefully it won’t be the case for the new movie.
Regarding the cast, Kenneth Branagh of course returns to the role of Hercule Poirot. There’s also a big star-studied cast featured for this film like it was for the 2017 ‘Orient Express’ film. There are certain names I recognised from watching the new film’s trailer, which I’m pretty excited about here
As well as Kenneth Branagh, there’s Tom Bateman as Bouc; Annette Bening as Euphemia, Russell Brand as Dr. Bessner and Ali Fazal as Andrew Katachadourian. There’s also Dawn French as Mrs. Bowers and Jennifer Saunders as Marie Van Schuyler. I imagine these two will provide comic relief. 😀 Incidentally, Dawn French previously did a ITV ‘Marple’ TV film with Geraldine McEwan years ago. 🙂
Gal Gadot (well-known for playing Wonder Woman in the ‘DC Extended Universe’) will play Linnet Ridgeway-Doyle, one of the participants of the love triangle. There’s Armie Hammer as Simon Doyle and Emma Mackey as Jacqueline ‘Jackie’ de Bellefort, the other two participants of the love triangle.
There’s Rose Leslie as Louise Bourget, Linnet’s maidservant. There’s Sophie Okonedo as Salome Otterbourne and Letita Wright as Rosalie Otterbourne. Now that’s interesting casting compared to the 1978 film as it’s now a black mother and daughter compared to a white mother and daughter. I’ve also seen Sophie Okonedo in ‘Stormbreaker’ and Letitia Wright as Shuri in the ‘MCU’ film series.
At this point, I won’t make too many comparisons between the 1978 and the 2020 films. That’ll happen when I see the 2020 film around October time or later, whether it’ll be at cinemas or not. I’d like to think I can judge the film on its own when it comes to identifying its merits and its flaws here.
Overall, I’m looking forward to seeing the upcoming ‘Death on the Nile’ film by Kenneth Branagh sometime soon. It should be an intriguing experience. Whether it’ll be better than 2017’s ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ or the 1978 ‘Death on the Nile’ film is another matter. I’m fascinated to find out.
Thanks for reading!
Bye for now!