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Death on the Nile is a Mildly Satisfying Murder Mystery Review

Death on the Nile is a Mildly Satisfying Murder Mystery Review: Deception is key to mysteries. Especially those that manage to hide all of their cards by displaying them right in front of you. This is precisely why Agatha Christie has been such a phenomenon for almost eight decades. When it comes to deception, her 1937 novel “Death on the Nile” contains one. This deceit not only makes the characters’ interactions with the acclaimed Belgian investigator Hercule Poirot more exciting, but also scarier. What’s the reason? The stakes rise steadily until, near the conclusion, they get a touch too personal.

Agatha Christie has now been televised and filmed in numerous media. She has set the groundwork for several mysteries, some of which directly adapt her words and others of which draw inspiration from it to weave their own. And, while I am more of a fan of films that strive to elevate the source material with their own contributions, I am also not afraid of a good old-fashioned detective thriller.

I was thrilled about Kenneth Branagh’s 2017 film “Murder on the Orient Express” for the same reasons. I was aware that Branagh has long been a fan of Christie’s works. So when he assembled an array of A-listers to recreate the mystery on the Orient, I was amused, only to be let down by the fact that it couldn’t compete with the 1974 Sidney Lumet version. The ensemble hammed it up throughout, and the final reveal was so oblique, unwarranted, and undercooked that all it left me with was a mental image of Branagh’s moustache. A rather uninteresting sight to witness.

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Branagh appears to have heard some of the key criticisms that people had with his first picture in his second excursion as Hercule Poirot in “Death on the Nile.” I know this because the director gives us not one, but two prologues that establish the detective’s pounding heart, his weird little moustache, and a few essential individuals who would have clashed with the fundamental concept and came undone otherwise.

In any case, this storey takes place in Egypt. Poirot is on vacation and, while seeing the Pyramids and eating his favourite Jaffa cakes, he runs across his old acquaintance Bouc (Tom Bateman). The two reminisce in hushed tones about their previous outing (almost as though Sherlock and Dr. Watson were having a Tête-à-tête) before being presented to the rich socialite Linnet Doyle Ridgeway (Gal Gadot), who is on her honeymoon with her husband Simon Doyle (Armie Hammer).

Linnet wishes to hire Poirot to put Simon’s ex-fiancee Jacqueline de Bellefort (Emma Mackey) in her place. Linnet has been stalked by the lady since Simon broke up with her, and she is no longer able to tolerate her aggressive demeanour. Poirot politely declines her request because no crime has yet been committed, but agrees to accompany them on their vacation because he is charmed by Blues singer Salome Otterbourne (Sophie Okonedo). Simon chooses to move the party after unsuccessfully attempting to dissuade Jacqueline’s hounding presence.

The newlyweds embark on their party cruise ‘Karnak’ with a slew of other passengers, including Bouc’s mother Euphemia (Annette Benning), Linnet’s maid Louise (Rose Leslie), Linnet’s distant cousin & lawyer Katchadourian (Ali Fazal), Linnet’s ex Dr. Windlesham (Russel Brand), Salome’s daughter Rosalie (Letitia Wright), and the tightly knit (Dawn French). Linnet admits to Poirot that she doesn’t trust any of them, despite the fact that they are all close to her. Making them all feel like two-faced snakes with the ability to pounce on her and her fortune at any time.

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“Death on the Nile” now follows all of the essential steps found in a whodunit. A murder occurs, and we are obliged, along with the investigator in question, to question each of the suspects. Essentially, this is a deception game directed by someone who enjoys the source material. The one thing that elevates this above “Murder on the Orient Express” is how effectively it leads up to the final reveal.

Branagh gives Hercule Poirot a minor advantage in this scene. Throughout the murder case, we witness Poirot being questioned because he is clearly the smarter one in the room. This is why, when he fails to apprehend the perpetrator in the first few instances — heightening the stakes – the spectator is going to become invested. Second, Poirot’s contact takes place in the midst of a group of people who are engrossed in the business of love in a frantic, passionate, and chaotic manner. Poirot, who has subtly indicated that he will wear a mask to avoid getting engaged with anyone, is obviously caught in the crossfire as his mask eventually slips.

Most crucially, the mystery in “Death on the Nile” permits its characters to become people we, as viewers, are more aware of. While they remain stick figures with barely noticeable personal qualities, their motifs and engagement in the fundamental concept become more tangible. The hammy aspect of the acting likewise takes a back seat, and these characters are less irritating than their predecessors. Furthermore, instead of the twisted reason that “Murder on the Orient Express” so sparingly carried on its shoulders, “Death on the Nile” takes a moral difficulty and heart concerns as its stance.

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However, the film is not without defects. It features some pretty spotty and awful CGI, a slew of mediocrity and dull segments that don’t offer anything to the case, the bizarre camera swirls every time Poirot suspects one of the characters and a fixation with the source itself. While the picture succeeds as a homage, Branagh’s poor attempt to diversify it cannot compensate for its writer’s obsessive focus and campy tone.

However, these are not some of the problems that a casual audience who purchases a ticket to see the film would consider. “Death on the Nile” is a slightly satisfying murder mystery that is a forthy nice time at the movies from the standpoint of someone looking for a good time.

Duration: 127 min


IMDb: 6.7

Death on the Nile is a Mildly Satisfying Murder Mystery Review
Death on the Nile is a Mildly Satisfying Murder Mystery Review
Death on the Nile is a Mildly Satisfying Murder Mystery Review
Death on the Nile is a Mildly Satisfying Murder Mystery Review
Death on the Nile is a Mildly Satisfying Murder Mystery Review
Death on the Nile is a Mildly Satisfying Murder Mystery Review
Death on the Nile is a Mildly Satisfying Murder Mystery Review


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