Re­boot on the right track

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pre­cise they’d win even the de­mand­ing Poirot’s ap­proval.

Branagh, per­haps recog­nis­ing how ver­bal in­ter­play dom­i­nates the story, utilises var­i­ous dif­fer­ent shots to add some di­ver­sity; peer­ing down from over­head, close-ups to em­pha­sise the im­por­tance of fa­cial ex­pres­sions be­ing used to evoke trust and pos­si­ble de­cep­tion and ter­rific track­ing shots of the full cast on the train.

And the for­mer Thor di­rec­tor is ev­ery bit as im­pres­sive in front of the cam­era. De­fy­ing fears that no-one bar David Suchet can do Poirot jus­tice, Branagh is much more than a gim­mick mous­tache; the de­tec­tive’s at­ten­tion to de­tail, hu­mor­ous, brave jabs at oth­ers and touch­ing re­flec­tive mo­ments are a joy to be­hold.

You’ll rarely find such an ex­pan­sive, big­name cast as this out­side of an Avengers movie and Michelle Pfeif­fer, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad and Derek Ja­cobi im­press.

No-one quite shines like Branagh, how­ever, and oth­ers, like Pené­lope Cruz and Olivia Col­man, get lost in the shuf­fle, while Daisy Ri­d­ley is so like Keira Knight­ley she could pass for a clone.

As fun as it is to see Poirot dis­sect sus­pects, the faceto-face in­ter­ro­ga­tion gets a bit repet­i­tive and while there are some changes to the story, this will be a tale very fa­mil­iar to many.

Branagh and his cam­era are the stars of this lux­u­ri­ous, ab­sorb­ing re­boot wor­thy of its source ma­te­rial.

More Poirot is hinted at come the cli­max, and I, for one, would be de­lighted to see Branagh take on an­other case.

I mous­tache you a ques­tion Ken­neth Branagh’s Poirot

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