WHAT I LIKED: 1974's 'Murder on the Orient Express' is a success because of the way in which its genius narrative unfolds and hooks you on every reveal, and that's partly of course down to Agatha Christie's story, but also Sidney Lumet's direction which reveals everything at just the right times. This makes for an experience that is, despite its singular setting, constantly engaging as what happened slowly and brilliantly reveals itself. Top that with some quirky and amusing characters as well as some brilliant set and costume design and what you get is a very enjoyable and engaging murder mystery with a genuinely charming fun-factor that anyone can enjoy.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: It adds to the comedic charm in some respects, but many of the characters feel more like caricatures of themselves than genuine people thanks to the exaggerated performances. This stops the film from taking itself too seriously - but that can equally be seen as a good thing.
VERDICT: A fun, engaging and tense murder mystery that works because of its narrative structure and charms with its fun, glossy finish - 'Murder on the Orient Express' has aged very well and will be tough for Kenneth Branagh to top.