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Movie Review – Death on the Nile

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Really disappointing, especially as I liked Kenneth Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express (2017) so very much. As in Orient, Death on the Nile is fabulously scenic and lush, with a great cast that seems to be trying to make a better movie out of this.

Maybe at two hours and seven minutes, the movie is just too long for what needed to happen. It’s not a long murder mystery in the first place. The Hercule Poirot character, granted, is a huge talker, but everything became so long-winded this time out, and not in the charming way encountered in Orient. Well, not mostly. Death on the Nile isn’t a bad movie; it’s just not quite good.

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Recommendation: If you’re serious about not being spoiled by the mystery’s ending, certainly see this now. The sophisticated steamboat setting alone is pretty amazing, not to mention…well…it’s like a trip to Egypt. But really: if you haven’t been spoiled by the original Agatha Christie novel (1937) or the previous Nile movie (1978), then you might be safe.

Grade: C+

About The Peetimes: Update: I’ve got 3 Peetimes up, nicely spaced. This is a long movie with tons of talking/possible clues. The main character is a huge talker, as fans of Hercule Poirot know. Try to use the first 2 Peetimes.

There are no extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of Death on the Nile. (What we mean by Anything Extra.)

Plot
Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot’s 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. Set against an epic landscape of sweeping Egyptian desert vistas and the majestic Giza pyramids, this tale of unbridled passion and incapacitating jealousy features a cosmopolitan group of impeccably dressed travelers, and enough wicked twists and turns to leave audiences guessing until the final, shocking denouement.

Rated: (PG-13) Violence | Some Bloody Images | Sexual Material
Genres: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Gal Gadot, Tom Bateman
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Writer(s): Agatha Christie, Michael Green
Language: English
Country: United States, United Kingdom
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  • Mark Wrighton

    I liked the film….it was, however, easier to figure out before the reveal than was Orient Express a few years ago…if I recall correctly, Orient Express had a crucial clue that wasn’t revealed until Poirot’s reveal of the murderer…this one signaled – at least subtly – who the murderer likely was before the reveal, although it did not reveal the “how” of how it was pulled off…I enjoyed that…always enjoy Poirot, and we learned a significant amount of his back story in this film…

  • Jim

    I have to disagree with your grade of C+. I would give it a solid B, leaning towards B+. I truly had no idea who killed whom till it was revealed, at which time it was a forehead thumping, “Well, DUH!”.

    However, I agree that the performances on Orient Express were better.

    • Jill Florio Administrator

      Hi Jim. I might have to see this again. All my notes say, “This is a terrible film.” I might just have been wanting it to be like Orient Express, which was very artistic and logical, and expected more like that. This one had too much relationship stuff. I’m not an Agatha Christie fan so I’m going in unspoiled. I’m thankful for that.

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