‘Murder on the Orient Express’ Clip: Johnny Depp Should Keep His Mouth Shut

Slashfilm | 10/11/2017 | Ben Pearson
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Kenneth Branagh is pulling double duty in the upcoming film adaptation of Agatha Christie’s famous novel Murder on the Orient Express: he’s directing it and also starring as Hercule Poirot, a Belgian detective who uses his impressive deduction skills to try to solve a murder that happened during a cross-country train trip.

But here’s a mystery that might even stump a sleuth as talented as Poirot: why would 20th Century Fox choose this particular clip to promote their movie? Check it out below and see what I mean.

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As I wrote about in a recent Water Cooler entry, I just read Christie’s novel for the first time and enjoyed its stripped-down, to-the-point prose. I was hoping for the same kind of feel with the movie, and I’ve generally been pleased with what I’ve seen from the trailers so far. I think the casting is particularly spot-on, and it looks like Branagh has a good handle on the mystery aspect and crafting a period-appropriate style and giving the movie a real sense of time and place. So while I’m cautiously optimistic about the film, I’m a bit confused about this clip.

Accusations of abuse against Johnny Depp are well-documented and have permeated the cultural consciousness. Even before the Harvey Weinstein scandal, public perception of Depp had dropped off dramatically, and many have denounced Warner Bros. for bringing him into the fold for one of that studio’s biggest franchises, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. It’s becoming more and more difficult for people to turn a blind eye to actors’ off-screen behavior, which is good news...
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