October 14, 2012

Murder on the Orient Express

From my Sidney Lumet marathon, part 3 of 8.

Murder on the Orient Express, 1974. Whodunit on a train.

Directed by Sidney Lumet. Written by Paul Dehn, based on a book by Agatha Christie. Starring Albert Finney.

Concept: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Story: 2/4 (Indifferent). Works well as far as the mystery is concerned, but not so well dramatically. The fact that those are two separate things pretty well sums up why I'm not an Agatha Christie fan.
Characters: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Dialog: 4/4 (Great)
Pacing: 1/4 (Bad)
Cinematography: 3/4 (Good)
Special effects/design: 3/4 (Good)
Acting: 3/4 (Good). With a great but small performance by Ingrid Bergman. Most everyone else is very good as well, but no one has much material to work with apart from comedy.
Music: 1/4 (Bad). And still in my goddamn head.
Subjective Rating: 6/10 (Okay, 2/4). It's amusing and fun when the plot is moving, which it often isn't.
Objective Rating (Average): 2.3/4 (Okay)

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