I feel very fortunate to have another film review published at Heavy Magazine. This is my fifth film review published on their site following Their Finest, Berlin Syndrome, Lethal Weapon, Dunkirk and now Murder On The Orient Express. If I’m not entirely happy with my review of In This Corner Of The World at FilmInk I feel this one flows pretty well and is nice and short. You can read it here

Heavy is an independent magazine and website that is all about the music and specifically heavy music and supporting the Australian music scene in general. Fortunately for me they do cover film as well and I have been fortunate to have a few things published there.

-Lloyd Marken




  1. An accomplished review indeed, Lloyd, and a pleasure to read.

    On the other hand, the point of the film escapes me. Why bother to remake what was already a lush period piece, studded with the stars of the day? I have to say I never liked the 1974 film, as I felt Finney’s Poirot was a caricature, and he over-acted shamelessly. I don’t care much for the lauded luvvie Kenneth Branagh either, so doubt I would ever watch this film.

    As for the character of Hercule Poirot, it was never done better than by David Suchet, in the wonderful long-running TV series ‘Poirot’. Did that ever make the TV screens down under? If not, please check it out.

    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. The 1974 adaptation is a perfect film, so I’m not sure we needed this remake. Death on the Nile (1978) is nearly perfect too, so no remakes please. I wish Kenneth Branagh had done Christie’s The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, which still doesn’t have a proper film adaption. Anyhow, I’m a Christie fanboy, I’ve read most of her books, and I thought Albert Finney is still the best Poirot. Finney is the only actor who has been able to convey the detective’s idiosyncrasies and odd habits. Peter Ustinov was adequate but too urbane. I could never accept David Suchet — there is no way that the very vain Poirot would have allowed himself to be seen in public with no hair!!!! 😉

    1. I was talking to my in-laws the other night and they’re big fans of Suchet. I think as my father-in-law said, Poirot is like James Bond. Whoever you saw first is your favourite unless they’re really bad. Branagh is my introduction to this world and I liked it but I think its a different take to the others. I would love to see Lumet’s original.

      1. Good point. You also have to consider the people who have read the books. Friends who have read Ian Fleming’s books have very strong opinions about the movies. The same goes for Agatha Christie. 🙂

  3. I thought there were some really gorgeous moments, but the story itself never came together for me. I didn’t mind Branagh and though the acting was pretty solid overall.

  4. I use to like reading mystery novels as a kid. I never got into Agatha Christie, probably because it was before my time. I do like whodunnit movies like Clue and I’ll check this one out eventually. Top notch review and very cool that you’re continuing to publish great stuff at Heavy!

    1. Thanks Eddie I feel very fortunate, I’ve also just gotten a review published with FilmInk. I like Clue too when I saw it as a kid. I also enjoyed Inspector Morse back in the day.

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