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Death on the Nile

March 1, 2022

Death on the Nile (2022)
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Actors: Kenneth Branagh, Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer

Disney's Death On the Nile saga - from costly reshoots to disgraced Armie  Hammer

Synopsis: Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) is forced to deal with a series of murders while on ‘holiday’ in Egypt.

Review: Blandly handsome, but unmemorable and lacking any sense of play or innovation, Kenneth Branagh’s second big screen stab at the character of Poirot, Death on the Nile, won’t linger long in the memory.

In its predominant guise as a whodunnit, it is only moderately entertaining and effective. It is inordinately centred around a love triangle – especially in an early contextual scene in a London bar (conveniently containing Poirot himself) – and the dominance of this strand and characters can’t help but overshadow some of the other, more minor, suspects.

The casting is more than a little weird. Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders have been reunited for no discernible effect, and Russell Brand is very much neutered and against type (in not a very interesting way) as a stoical, lovelorn medic.

Perhaps the best part of the film is its opening detour that attempts to give Poirot’s character some context and pathos with a scene set in the First World War that accounts for his single status and the origin of his iconic moustache. That said, if I was to be churlish, I might question where all the facial scarring has gone that couldn’t be covered by the tash?! (March 2022)

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