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Murder on the Orient Express

Hee hee hee! Connor and I just watched "Murder on the Orient Express," and OMG! I could never, ever, EVER have guessed how it would turn out. That is possibly the BEST murder mystery ending I've ever seen in my life. Actually, I found the rest of the movie to be kind of boring, and I really didn't like Albert Finney as Poirot, but the ending?

Sublime.

Best of all: THEY GET AWAY WITH IT!!!

Bwahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

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happy_potterer
Mar. 30th, 2007 05:25 am (UTC)
Yeah, Albert Finney is such a good actor and yet so wrong as Poirot. And yeah, it's a fabulous, fabulous mystery. And so out-of-yet-in-character for Poirot, who "does not approve of murder," to let them get away with it.

Check out Death on the Nile--I may be misremembering, since it's been a loooong time, but it seems to me Peter Ustinov IS Hercule Poirot. The plot is just as mindblowing, too--they are two of Christie's very best. In fact, I need to add Death on the Nile to my Neflix queue NOW.

I went to a lecture on Agatha Christie once by a Yale history professor who loved mysteries and wrote them too (under a pseudonym, so I don't know if I've read any--in fact, I just tried to look it up, and found that his papers are sealed until 2026, so no one can find out). The one point I remember has stuck with me ever since, because it was so spot on: he said that there are various unwritten rules of mystery writing, and when one reads Christie it appears that she deliberately set out to break every one. Orient Express is a great example. I could rattle off several others, but even without telling you what rules they break, it is too spoilerish if you haven't read them.
here_be_dragons
Mar. 30th, 2007 07:25 am (UTC)
I'm glad you said that about Finney . . . he did seem so wrong! And I have seen "Death on the Nile;" in fact, we watched it about a month ago (although pretty soon after starting, I remembered that I had seen it before - and remembered the ending. It was still fun to watch, though). I thought Ustinov was FANTASTIC! (And also thought that maybe if I hadn't seen him in the other movie, I mightn't have disliked Finney so much. But still, Ustinov or not, I think Finney was just weird. His posture was stiff and weird, his voice annoyed me. Blech)! Also, I kind of thought it was out of character for Poirot to let them get away with it - but, at the same time, it was TOTALLY loveable of him to do that. SO COOL!!!!!!

I will have to read a few more of her books. Actually, I kind of wish I'd read "Orient Express" instead of watching the film - in some ways, the film wasn't really that good (and not just Finney; there were a few other things I didn't like about it). But it was such a great ending. I'll look up that Roger Ackroyd book (isn't that the one you and Joy said is really good)?

And WAH! Why did he seal his papers? NO FAIR! Now I'm curious, even though I'd never heard of the guy before tonight. I WANNA KNOW NOW! :D
happy_potterer
Mar. 30th, 2007 06:47 pm (UTC)
Yeah, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is a great one. Some other ones I love are Peril at End House, A Murder is Announced, Sleeping Murder, Lord Edgware Dies, And Then There Were None . . . OK, that's enough to keep you busy for awhile. ;-)
mhchipmunk
Mar. 30th, 2007 05:46 am (UTC)
This was the first Agatha Christie mystery I ever read - I think I was about 11 - and it hooked me for life on her books. I loved the movie too! :-)
gwendolyngrace
Mar. 30th, 2007 02:18 pm (UTC)
I did like Death on the Nile, but my favourite Poirot portrayer has got to be David Suchet, from the BBC Mystery series. He's so fastidious and perfect, and his eyes never miss a thing.
sullen_hearts
Mar. 30th, 2007 03:39 pm (UTC)
I honestly can't imagine anyone except Suchet as Poirot, having been raised on him :)
dilettantiquity
Mar. 31st, 2007 01:59 am (UTC)
I'm am amused and astounded that you've managed to live your WHOLE LIFE up to this point without being spoiled for Murder on the Orient Express. :D

I own all of the books Agatha Christie wrote and highly recommend them! In fact, I think I started reading them when I was around twelve, so maybe Connor will appreciate them too?
here_be_dragons
Mar. 31st, 2007 10:41 pm (UTC)
LOL! I've never thought about it like that, but you're right. That is pretty amazing. Since I'd known about the movie/book for years and years. In fact, I thought I'd seen it before, but decided to get it from Netflix anyway. Then I realized that I'd only seen "Death on the Nile," and not this one. Considering just how spectacular that ending is, it IS pretty amazing that in 40 years I'd never been spoiled! Hee hee hee!

Maybe I'll get an Agatha Christie on audiobook and listen with Connor (that's easier for me than reading aloud to him). He liked the film (even wanted to watch it a second time), so he might appreciate the books, too.
heyurs
Mar. 31st, 2007 10:22 pm (UTC)

Hey there!
I saw you over at CHICKADILLY'S journal and loved your icon. I decided to come see if I could snag/share. :) Then I saw several others. Your "Home, Sweet Home" is wondafee. That's one of my favs of the castle. Then! I also like "Books", "Thanks", "Celebrate" and your "I did not speak up". Did you make these? May I snag/share?

Urs :)

p.s.--> My sister homeschools, too, AND! I breastfed my buddy for 2 years! :)

here_be_dragons
Mar. 31st, 2007 10:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
Hey there back atcha! :)

You definitely may snag/share! I made all the ones you mentioned, except for the "I did not speak up." If that one's not credited on my icon page, then I don't know who made it. (I think I got it second- or third-hand from someone else). But you're welcome to grab it, too. The more the merrier, I say! :) All the others, please feel free to grab them, and you can credit here_be_dragons if you like. :)

Also, yay for homeschooling and breastfeeding! :)
heyurs
Mar. 31st, 2007 11:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Thanks!

wheee! Thank-you, thank-you! X)

I love your journal theme. My boy recognized it from his Dragonology book. I couldn't place it. You did a great job with this. *nod*

here_be_dragons
Apr. 1st, 2007 04:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Thanks!
Well spotted by your son! We've been TOTALLY into the "Dragonology" books around here this month. They're just so cool. :D
heyurs
Apr. 1st, 2007 08:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Thanks!

They really are! Do you guys have all of the "ology" books? We love them! :)

here_be_dragons
Apr. 2nd, 2007 03:29 am (UTC)
Re: Thanks!
I've got most of the "Dragonology" books that are available (and a few on their way to me from Amazon.co.uk, ones that aren't available in the US). I've also got Egyptology, Wizardology, and Pirateology, although I haven't read those last two yet. But all the ones I've read are fantastic. :)
heyurs
Apr. 2nd, 2007 09:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Thanks!

There is the Faerieopolis, too. I bought that one 'cause it just kinda fit. X) They are fantastic books! The Wizardology is GREAT! Have a grand time with it!

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