Book vs. Movie: Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

Hey Guys!
Those of you who follow my blog might have read my first book vs. movie post on Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie and the very frist adaptation made in 1974. Of course I had to check out the new film as well. So let’s see how the 2017 version holds up!

 

The Plot:
Hercule Poirot just wanted to relax on the train while making his way back to London. He’s out of luck. One wintery night a murder occurs and as the train is snowed in, it’s upon Poirot to solve the crime and catch the killer…

 

Book vs. Movie:
I have to admit, this is the first Agatha Christie novel I ever read. The first thing I noticed was that it’s definitely from another time. The story features some statements that today you would call racist. The book was written in 1934, so I guess stuff like that was common at that time. But reading it was rather irritating and I frowned at my book a great deal. Otherwise, this is an interesting crime story that comes with a big twist at the end. Although I am not 100% sure that all of it actually makes sense.
So let’s see about the film.
First of all. Kenneth Branagh is brilliant as Hercule Poirot. He radiates warmth and depth but also cleverness. Another point I appreciate with this Poirot interpretation is the sense of humor. Compared to the book or even the first adaptation, this Poirot shows more dimension and is simply a more fascinating character.  Continue reading

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Book vs. Movie: The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side

Hello my lovely readers!
This book vs. movie post is about The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side, a crime novel written by the famous Agatha Christie. So let’s talk about a Miss Marple story!

 

The Plot:
The charming little village St. Mary mead is full of excitement when the famous movie star Marina Gregg moves in with her husband. However, during the reception held at the manor house one of the guests drops dead. What happened? Was it murder? And was the victim really the actual target?

 

Book vs. Movie:
I’ll kick off with the novel. First of all, I love how Miss Marple is depicted in this book. She already a bit older but far from becoming more quiet. Many of the people around her treat her like she’s so fragile and can’t take care of anything any more. Agatha Christie did a great job highlighting the troubles of getting old: still feeling motivated and being sharp but the body is not always cooperative, but most importantly how others treat elderly people. It’s a nice reminder to think about your own interactions with elders!
Many of the scenes dealing with these subjects are absolutely hilarious due to Miss Marple’s witty comments.
The crime itself is carefully constructed. I’m not sure whether absolutely everything made sense in the end but the story was extremely clever. For my taste there were a few coincidents too many but in general it was an interesting read. Continue reading

Book vs. Movie: Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

Hello my lovely readers!
You may be aware that a new adaptation of Agatha Christie’s famous novel Murder on the Orient Express hit cinemas in 2017. However, before I check out the new movie, I got started with the book and the popular 1974 film!

 

The Plot:
Hercule Poirot just wanted to relax on the train while making his way back to London. He’s out of luck. One wintery night a murder occurs and as the train is snowed in, it’s upon Poirot to solve the crime and catch the killer…

 

Book vs. Movie:
I usually start with the novel, but in this case I had seen the film a few times already. So let’s talk about the movie.
One of the first things you might notice about it is the impress list of cast members. Lauren Bacall, Albert Finney, Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman, Anthony Perkins and many more make an appearance. So this simply has to be a brilliant film, right?
The scenery and costumes are wonderful. The story is presented in an intricate and capturing way that will certainly keep you guessing.
Let’s share some insights on the novel, before a little comparison. Continue reading