Death on the Nile – a slow trip worth the while.

Kenneth Branagh is back with another thrilling adaptation of a classic Agatha Christie murder mystery ‘Death on the Nile’.

Based on the 1937 book, Hercule Poirot’s Egyptian vacation aboard the glamorous Karak river steamer turns into a terrifying search for a murderer when a picture-perfect couple’s idyllic honeymoon is tragically cut short. Set against an epic landscape of sweeping desert vistas and the majestic Giza pyramids. This tale of passionate love and jealousy features a cosmopolitan group of impeccably well-dressed guests comes with some wildly wicked twists and turns that is sure to leave you guessing who committed the murder on the Nile river.

As a sequel to the 2017’s Murder on the Orient Express, Kenneth Branagh brings what is a brilliant modern adaption to an Agatha christie classic this time returning with a new all-star cast featuring Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Rose Leslie, Emma Mackey, Russell Brand, Ali Fazal, Dawn French, Sophie Okonedo, Jennifer Saunders, Tom Bateman, Annette Bening.

This film continues to dazzle you with great production and costume design that fits the era of where this mystery takes place and helps create the perfect setting for what is to come in this thrilling movie. 

Branagh has taken this adaption into his own hands with instead of creating a tame mystery that has twists at every turn, he had rather changed it up a bit to create a fairly robust alluring thriller that is vastly different from the classic Agatha Christie story. For the most part, it works quite well in favour of this movie as it creates an even more tantalising mystery as it captivates you more into investigating who the killer may be.

However, because of that lusty approach, it made some scenes uncomfortable to watch mostly because of Armie Hammer. Hammer plays Simon Doyle a man who essentially falls in love with two of the leading female characters in this film and as he dances, plays or kisses them in very seductive ways it happens to just feel excruciatingly unbearable to watch knowing the controversy surrounding the actor. For the most part, it doesn’t completely ruin the movie but it makes those scenes feel incredibly disturbing and kind of ruins a lot of the great work that is put into this movie.

However, it doesn’t prevent the film from being completely ruined as the cast bring some fairly enjoyable performances with Emma Mackey, Tom Bateman and surprisingly Russell Brand being some of the standouts in this cast. And not to mention Kenneth Branagh’s phenomenal performance as the moustachiest Poirot to ever exist as he continues to bring the likeable charm and characteristics of the Detective many know and love to screen. But there were some average performances from Gal Gadot that had some awkward delivery on lines in between scenes that made a lot of scenes not work as well in their favour as they probably would’ve hoped. 

Whilst this glamorous adaption did have some uncomfortable cast members and a few awkward moments throughout it, it still managed to bring an entertainingly unique take on the classic mystery and was for the most part a fairly enjoyable film. With some surprisingly good performances and a strong cast, this mystery can leave you on the edge of your seat with the twists and turns that is to come as you never know what to expect in a classic Agatha Christie murder mystery.

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