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Death on the Nile - Review

This Has Altered the Shape of My Soul. 3 / 5

Directed by Kenneth Branagh.

Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot’s Egyptian vacation aboard a glamorous river steamer turns into a terrifying search for a murderer when a picture-perfect couple’s idyllic honeymoon is tragically cut short.

Death on the Nile answers the question that the world has been asking since 2017: How did Hercule Poirot get his beautiful mustache?

This sequel to Murder on the Orient Express brings another huge cast of well-known, yet partly problematic, cast together to solve another dark mystery soaked in betrayal and jealousy.

In a very jarring decision, Branagh mixes gorgeous 65mm nature photography with some of the ropiest visual effects and background green screen effects which pulls you out of the film rather than immersing you in the sultry Egyptian setting.

Despite a more dramatic plot, Death on the Nile loses the charm of its 2017 predecessor with a more predictable and convoluted story that sprints towards an underwhelming conclusion.

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