- Title Death on the Nile
- Director Kenneth Branagh
- Year 2022
- Run time 2hrs 7m
- Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime, Mystery
- Tagline Murder was just the beginning
Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot's Egyptian 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.
|2:04||Wasn’t expecting a start in the trenches.|
|6:23||“Do you have any idea how love works?” I never thought of Poirot being in love before.|
|9:28||Did they have electric guitars in 1937??|
|15:45||This guy takes a lot of liberties when he’s dancing.|
|18:03||Dude, get off the pyramid.|
|23:08||“Her gift to her via me.”|
|38:09||Spending slightly too much time pondering what is real sets and what isn’t.|
|47:55||Is this statue place real? It’s absolutely incredible.|
|49:42||Flustered Poirot is adorable.|
|58:42||“Forgive me, the champagne, it loosens the memory and the mouth.”|
|1:08:50||I feel like they could have asked people not to be there to see them carry the body away.|
|1:16:25||You don’t want to get on the wrong side of Poirot!|
|1:22:42||Yay, French and Saunders - best couple ever.|
|1:39:28||“You cannot let a killer go free to protect yourself.”|
|1:50:11||I love the word accomplice.|
|1:56:25||It’s really not a good advert for the river cruise business - five bodies being carried off.|
I went into this knowing how it would all work out, having read the book in preparation to make sure it was a satisfying conclusion rather than a ’they-all-did-it’ disappointment. So the mystery wasn’t really there for me, but I did still enjoy the way it twisted and turned, and having the insight of how this compared to the book and what changes had been made.
I think it took quite a long time to get going, the whole prologue thing with the moustache and the romance for Hercule wasn’t really necessary, and the first murder doesn’t happen until a full hour into the movie. That is in line with the source material but for the first half of the film it feels like you’re trying to work out a mystery that hasn’t even happened yet.
But it’s a great cast and I enjoyed the way they worked against each other and together a lot better than the Orient Express, so a good follow up for me. Interested to see what movie comes next, as Branagh has talked about wanting to make an Agatha Christie Cinematic Universe - ACCU!
Rating: 4 / 5