Back to the movie. Your experience is going to depend on two things – are you a Christie purist, and do you love David Suchet’s Poirot? I took someone with no opinion either way and he thoroughly enjoyed it.
The movie is a visual feast, so choose a cinema with a great screen (Elizabeth’s is superb — I cannot think of a better one in Brisbane). Sweeping shots of snow-capped mountains, overhead peeks into the train’s cabins, scrumptious costumes and sets. The Express is jammed with big name stars, meaning good performances are a given. Even if you do not find the plot engaging, your eyes will be satisfied.
For those seeking a wham-bam-thank-you-comic book-hero movie, this is not for you. It is slowly paced, but it needs to be as exposition is needed for the denouement.
The movie and the venue are a perfect match.
I recommend visiting the Elizabeth Street Theatre. Get there early so you can have a drink at the bar and admire the décor while avoiding queuing on the footpath. Final suggestion: see Murder on the Orient Express here on a hot summer’s day.
Read our review of Paris Can Wait here.