Post by depptheman (moo) on Nov 15, 2017 9:34:32 GMT -5
I agree, I have found that sometimes the first viewing isn't as good as seeing it a second time. I barely remember the '74 film. But I love the concept of a mystery on a train. Too bad Johnny didn't have more screen time. I liked the 'flash back' black and white clips of him too.
Loved the movie!!! Beautiful, elegant, wonderful actors & — even tho I saw the one with Albert Finny years ago — I didn’t want to know “who done it” so was happily in suspense during the movie. Such a terrific holiday movie!! By the way: in the sizzling scene in the train corridor between Johnny & Michelle, as Johnny leans forward he makes a kind of low simmering animal noise: it’s brief (somewhere between a purr & a growl) but adds to his animal magnetism. Not noticeable in the trailer. The many ways Johnny uses ALL of himself to create a character, enrich a scene —- no matter how simple.
I finally got to see this and my little theatre was packed. Granted it was a Cheap Tues., but I did not expect it to be that full in its second week.It must be still doing well because they have it here for its third week, which does not generally happen with this genre of movie. Anyway, I ended up sitting way too close to the screen but I adjusted to it and I did enjoy the film.
MOTOE is a sumptuous feast for the eyes, with an extremely talented cast. I liked the humour as well, and thought the introduction to Poirot set up his character very well for the two or so people on the planet who are not familiar with “The Great Dectective.”
Now, having already seen every version previously of this story (plus reading the story long before that) I cannot give an opinion on the mystery part of it since I knew from the start who had committed the deed. Plus, to be totally honest, this has never been one of my favorite Christie mysteries. However, the inspiration for Christie’s story regarding a baby being kidnapped from a wealthy, famous family, i.e. the Lindburgh baby kidnapping, has always intrigued me more. I’ve always wondered about the fact that the man convicted of the kidnapping and murder continued to declare his innocence right to the end despite offers of money and even the offer to commute his death sentence. I’ve always felt there was more to that story then was ever revealed.
As for MOTOE, I do think that because there are so many characters it is impossible for a movie to give the same degree of depth to them in such a limited time frame, but I thought most of the cast did very well in giving us a glimpse as to what they were like. Also, (and I am pretty sure this was never mentioned in the movie) the passenger named Mr. Harris who did not show up and thus Poirot was able to take the train in his place was never a real person at all. They didn’t want anyone else on the train so they booked the final birth under a fictional name to keep anyone else from getting on. The ending with Poirot and everyone assembled outside was a bit much but that was about my only quibble. I even got used to that crazy mustache!
As for Johnny, he as usual blew me away. The minute he entered the scene I totally forgot it was Depp and he immediately became Ratchett in my mind. I have to say that Ratchett was completely unlikable with not a single redeeming quality yet Johnny (a master of nuance) kept the character from going over the top as it would be all to easy to do.