Death on the Nile Review: Branagh Comes Back With A Major Improvement In Quality

Progressives have seemed to have it out for Kenneth Branagh’s detective series for quite some time now. Back when Murder on the Orient Express was released in 2017, they complained about Johnny Depp being in the film as he was fighting the court of public opinion against serial liar Amber Heard. 

Well if you thought they hated that film because of Johnny Depp, they REALLY have it out for Death on the Nile, the sequel to the film due to the ensemble attached to it. The three names attached to this film they have the most problem with are Russell Brand, Letitia Wright, and Gal Gadot. 

Russell Brand has come under the ire of progressives in recent weeks due to his Youtube channel in which he has questioned various left-wing narratives that progressives regard as absolute truth. Speaking of narrative, progressives have completely turned on Letitia Wright because she has publicly refused to get “vaccinated” along with the 15 boosters it is going to take in order to make the first two work. Progressives also hate Gal Gadot who is guilty of the sin of being from Israel and not apologizing for it. 

Then there is Armie Hammer who may or may not be in a satanic sex cult who eats people but you can look into that on your own time. 

All that leads us to Death on the Nile. Set in the late 1930s, world-renowned detective Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) travels to Egypt aboard the lavishly appointed ship S.S. Karnak along with heiress Linnet (Gal Gadot) and her husband Simon (Armie Hammer). Things get complicated when Jacqueline (Emma Mackey), Simon’s ex-lover, returns to the picture. Linnet fears that Jacqueline is a threat to her and hires Poirot to look out for her safety. But when Linnet is killed,  Jacqueline has an alibi showing she was not the killer. Poirot must investigate the entire ship to find the killer with time running out.

Death on the Nile is definitely a step up from Murder on the Orient Express based on the massive improvement in the acting alone. The casting is a major upgrade from the 1st film boosting its quality and believable tenfold. Actresses Gal Gadot, Letitia Wright, Emma Mackey, and Rose Leslie are easy enough on the eyes to keep the audience’s attention. Branagh works overtime playing Christie’s best-loved character, Hercule Poirot along with taking the reins behind the camera as the director. The film looks great shot in 65mm Kodak film, a sight that can only be appreciated on the big screen. The classic glamor of the film along with the music matching the time period is some of the early aspects that pulled the viewers into the story. 

The mystery itself can feel a bit convenient for the sake of the story which does lose some points down the stretch. Not all of the visual effects are a hit as there are some CGI issues along the way that can’t be fixed with a blue screen. Another glaring issue is the fact the story feels like it doesn’t really get moving until the halfway point of the 2nd act. 

It’s not a smooth ride the whole way through but Death on the Nile is a major improvement from its predecessor thanks to a much better cast of actors and their ability to sell the story.

3/5

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