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A truer reflection of the book would have been better,
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This review is from: Agatha Christie's Poirot - Collection 8 [DVD] (DVD)
I'm going to focus on Murder on the Orient Express because that's the reason I bought the DVD. There are a number of good points - David Suchet is terrific as Poirot as always and the set is very good as well.
The issue I have is that the film deviates from the story as it is told in the book quite a lot. It focuses on the themes of religion and justice and whether this man deserved to die (rather than who murdered him and how). This took away from the mystery and more time should have been given to looking at how the crime had been committed - issues like the passenger's movements on the night of the murder for example (which there is plenty of detail of in the book) were glossed over quite quickly here.
The atmosphere in this version is also quite dark - this comes through in the background music and in the mood of Poirot (who seems to be a bit narked throughout). This was another alteration that wasn't really necessary.
It may be that they made these changes in order to try and bring the story 'up to date', but great stories are timeless and don't really need to be changed that much. Overall, it's not bad (but with David Suchet as Poirot it was never going to be) and it's certainly worth a watch, but a truer reflection of the story as it is told in the book would have been better.