Today I am going to be ranking/breaking down the Hercule Poirot franchise, created by Kenneth Branagh, who plays the aforementioned character in the revamped adaptations of Agatha Christie’s murder mystery novels. To date, there are only three that have been released, but Kenneth has commented that he plans to continue expanding this world in years to come. As somebody who loves her work and owns her entire collection, I am thrilled by this news and so far, have found the films to be excellent. Without further ado, from favourite to least favourite, let’s get into it!
1.) Murder on the Orient Express
In first place, we have Murder on the Orient Express (based off the book by the same name). This was the first film to be released in the franchise in 2017. It follows infamous fictional detective, Hercule Poirot, who must investigate a murder on a sleeper train he happens to be aboard, travelling from Istanbul to London. Suddenly, every notable person on the Orient Express is a suspect and with a killer roaming such a confined space, time is running out to keep the innocent safe. There are multiple reasons this instalment is the strongest in the franchise for me. A.) The visuals. The stunning European sights and wintery aesthetic, makes this the perfect cosy film to immerse yourself in. B.) The cast. The movie is quite stacked with actors/actresses such as: Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley and more. C.) The twist. This story has one of the best reveals from Agatha Christie’s works. I guarantee, you won’t see it coming! I would absolutely start here with both film and book, if you’re unsure where to begin.
2.) A Haunting in Venice
In second place, we have the newest release: A Haunting in Venice. It is based off of Agatha Christie’s novel: Halloween Party. Now retired and living in self-imposed exile in the world’s most glamorous city, Poirot reluctantly attends a seance at a decaying, haunted palazzo. He soon gets thrust into a sinister world of shadows and secrets when one of the guests is murdered. This is the ultimate spooky season film. It is set on Halloween and is the darkest of the adaptations so far. Like all of the movies, the cinematography is perfection. From the gothic dwelling to the tumultuous canals to the masked figures, this instalment has a touch of horror none of the others do. I truly enjoyed every single moment of it but must admit, the twist was quite predictable. I worked out the killer within the first twenty minutes. I highly recommend checking it out.
3.) Death on the Nile
In last place, we have Death on the Nile (based off the book by the same name). Belgian sleuth, Hercule Poirot’s, Egyptian vacation aboard a glamorous river steamer, turns into a terrifying search for a murderer when a picture-perfect couple’s idyllic honeymoon is tragically cut short. The best part of this film is the soundtrack. The music is so catchy that even my husband commented on it when he was in the room. Having said that, it has the most predictable twist out of the three movies. There was a certain part that instantly cemented who the killer was for me. It’s also the most over-the-top instalment in the franchise. I didn’t mind it so much, but others may find it highly dramatic and extravagant. I still recommend it, purely for the cinematography.
Thanks so much for reading! How would you rank the films in this franchise? Which adaptation do you want to see next? Personally, I am dying to see Kenneth tackle Evil Under the Sun, which is my favourite book of Agatha’s.
Peace & Love xoxo