Murder on the Orient Express ★★★

Over the last few of decades of film, it has often been the case that a director will take a woman with whom he is in love and create a movie that is a cinematic monument to how beautiful that person was at that time.

Examples include Woody Allen creating Annie Hall for Diane Keaton, Luc Besson creating The Messenger for Milla Jovovich, and Quentin Tarantino making the Kill Bill movies with Uma Thurman.

But not a single one of those has been so carefully crafted, frame by frame, to show off the beauty of the star as Murder on the Orient Express, Kenneth Branagh's loving ode to Kenneth Branagh.

Otherwise, this is better than could be expected. It's clever with the dialogue and the shot compositions, and 65mm to 4K is stunning. Particularly in those long long shots of Branagh's full face.

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