Movie based on novel didn’t disappoint

Nov. 30, 2017

Our traditional Thanksgiving week visit with my good friend and John David’s “aunt” Nadya took place this year on the elegant Orient Express, or rather, it felt as if we were on the train, only five rows back from the big screen at the Tiger 13 theatre.

When Dame Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express first came to America in 1934, it was published as Murder in the Calais Coach so as not to create confusion between it and Graham Greene’s Stamboul Train, which had been retitled Orient Express for U.S. readers.  

Since then, Christie’s famous novel has been adapted to film, both big and small screen, a number of times, including a 2015 Japanese adaptation that played on Fuji Television.  There is even a 2006 computer game based on the novel.  

The story never disappoints. As authors often do, Christie borrowed from real life to write her story. She herself was once marooned on an Orient Express train during a torrential downpour that washed away the tracks, and she was familiar with the story of an Orient Express that was stalled in a blizzard a few years before her adventure. The kidnapping of little Daisy Armstrong, which is the catalyst for the main action in her story, was based on the Lindberg kidnapping and murder. 

My “little grey cells” can’t fathom why this movie got lukewarm reviews.  People continue to eat turkey year after year, but find this marvelous movie dry and predictable?   Sharing it with two people I love is a Thanksgiving memory I’ll treasure always.

Marian Carcache

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