Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) is supposed to take the Orient Express to travel from one case to his well-earned vacation. But as luck will have it, there’s a murder right there on the train. As it is stopped by an avalanche, Poirot takes up the case, determined to find out who among the illustrous guests was responsible for the death of Edward Ratchett (Johnny Depp). Unfortunately, the case is anything but straightforward as Poirot soon discovers.
Murder on the Orient Express starts off strong enough, but with every further plot twist, the film seems to slip more and more out of Branagh’s control. The result was mostly meh with a couple of shiny moments.
Dublin in the 1980s. Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) and his family aren’t doing too well financially, which is why it is decided that Conor should change from his current school with a hefty fee to one that is publicly funded. Conor is appalled, and sticks out like a sore thumb at his new school. But then Conor sees Raphina (Lucy Boynton), an older and beautiful girl. He knows that he has to get her attention somehow and so simply walks up to her and asks her if she wants to participate in his band’s music video. When she says yes, all that is left to do is form a band, write a song and develop a concept for a music video. No trouble at all.
Sing Street is a very funny and sweet film with nice music. It’s also very much a boy’s vision of how his life is supposed to be and that, unfortunately, includes some poor handling of female characters.
Kat (Kiernan Shipka) and Rose (Lucy Boynton) are both at the same boarding school, waiting for winter break. Other than that, they don’t have much in common. Kat is shy and withdrawn, desperately waiting for her parents to pick her up, while Rose told her parents to pick her up a day later so she would have unsupervised time to get an abortion. When Kat’s parents don’t show up and the two are left alone at school – although something else seems to be with them.
Meanwhile Joan (Emma Roberts) is hitchhiking towards the school. She gets a ride from Bill (James Remar) and his wife Linda (Lauren Holly) who have their own demons to fight.
February was a mixed bag of beans. The acting was fantastic and I really loved some of the very fresh ideas. But after an atmospheric beginning, the film peters out and in the end, it failed to convince me.