So, uh, that's quite a trailer. The whole thing feels radically different for a trailer from a major studio, but the kicker is the use of an Imagine Dragons song after the introduction of Branagh's Hercule Poirot. Why did the studio decide to use a pop song for period piece? I have no idea. The rest of the trailer doesn't indicate that Branagh is going for a Great Gatsby kind of thing, but maybe I'm wrong. Anyways, the song quickly became a meme, with befuddled film fans inserting DMX's "X Gon Give It to Ya," the Teletubbies Theme, and a whole bunch of other wildly inappropriate tracks. As for the rest of the trailer, it's an interesting mix of atmospheric drama and character introductions. There's a weird tonal clash going on between the drab and the colorful- the period clothes are fairly muted, but the title flashes out with a bright neon font. Overall, I'll need to see more before getting really excited. I know this story is famous, but my familiarity with the property ends there. Here's hoping that Branagh delivers something special. Oh, and check out that great poster. The bloody smoke is gorgeous, and quite frankly, it's a better sell than the full trailer.
With a cast that includes Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penelope Cruz, Daisy Ridley, Josh Gad, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Lucy Boynton, Olivia Colman, Leslie Odom Jr., Tom Bateman, Miranda Raison, Derek Jacobi, and Branagh himself, Murder on the Orient Express will hit theaters on November 10.