Death on the Nile – FILM REVIEW / REVIEW – After directing “Murder on the Orient Express”, director Kenneth Branagh continues his dive into the world of Agatha Christie with “Death on the Nile”.
Death on the Nile: the Agatha Christie Universe
In 2017, Kenneth Branagh brings together a daunting cast to stage a new adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express. More than forty years after Sidney Lumet’s version, Kenneth Branagh takes over the reins of Agatha Christie’s cult novel to offer a modernized and attractive approach that puts the style of the day Cluedo-style mystery films. closely followed by At Knives Out, the genre is currently picking up the hair of the beast. Evidenced by the release of Death on the Nile or the next At Knives Out 2.
Thereby, Death on the Nile is like The crime of the Orient Express, at a time an adaptation of the eponymous novel by Agatha Christie, and a remake of the film by John Guillermin released in 1978. Kenneth Branagh thus takes up the same pattern and once again puts himself on the stage in the shoes of detective Hercule Poirot. He also surrounds himself with a large cast, notably composed of Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Annette Bening, Letitia Wright, and even Emma Mackey.
For fans of the genre
Overall, the spectators who had a good time in front of The crime of the Orient Express will be convinced by this new entry by Kenneth Branagh into the universe of the writer. The director uses the same tricks as in his previous feature film, replays the same melodies, and stages a fascinating story that is still as complex to solve. Death on the Nile fits perfectly in the continuity of the previous opus. A similar style, behind closed doors in an astonishing means of transport, accomplished writing, almost surreal deductions, and invested actors.
The formula is back and still works just as well. Easy to see now a way to further develop a connected universe. In any case, as long as Kenneth Branagh has fun playing detective Hercule Poirot.
The director/actor is indeed back under Poirot’s mustache and has a field day. He is above all quite touching in the skin of the investigator. He portrays a Poirot who conceals his emotions, pleasant and endearing, intelligent, with unparalleled talents of deduction, but also cold, disconnected, calculating, and socially detached. The artist perfectly manages to recreate the character’s complex and ambiguous identity and is totally convincing under that tousled mustache. And this, even when he tries to speak French with an American accent to make our poor ears bleed. A very funny exercise for the French public.
Death on the Nile is thus an entertainment of the kind quite classic but effective. Kenneth Branagh even offers some unexpected creative effects like a superb black and white opening. And if not Gal Gadot, terribly bad as a Cleopatra-loving diva (which does not bode well for Patty Jenkins’ future film), the cast provides the show.
Death on the Nile by Kenneth Branagh, in theaters on February 9, 2021. Above the trailer. Find all our trailers here.