Death on the Nile (2022) Review

Hercule Poirot is on holiday of the nile and must then investigate the murder of a young heiress, who’s romance and honeymoon quickly turn sour.

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The opening scene of the film actually flashes back to World War I and a young Poirot and we find out that when his lover Katherine a nurse sees the scars on his face after a trap exploded in his face that is when he decides to grow a moustache. However, she could not really cope with this and as it appears does not want to stay with him.

We then move to 1937 and see him watching a blues singer perform in a London club along with Jackie de Bellefort and her fiancé Simon Doyle, introducing him to heiress Linnet Ridgeway. Six weeks later in Egypt it turns out that Simon actually married Linnet and the honeymoon trip is about to begin on the Nile. Something that Poirot is now involved in, along with many others Linnet’s maid Lpuose, Salome and Rosalie, her godmother Marie Van Schuyler with her nurse MRs Bowers and her cousin Andrew Katachadourian and doctor Linus Windlesham. Linnet asks Poirot for protection from the obsessive Jackie.

When boarding the cruise ship S.S. Karnak in an attempt to escape Jackie, the group are not actually trusted by Linnet. We are then given more smaller plots within what will become the biggest plot and ending with a murder. Like any type of murder mystery every single character seems to have a motive and could be the killer, we are given some suspense in an attempt to build it all up but I have to admit that my first thoughts about it were actually correct. In all honesty I was disappointed by that as was actually hoping that I was going to be wrong as it would have then been a little bit more interesting.

One of the most amazing things about ‘Death on the Nile’ was the incredibly stunning shots on the water and around Egypt and on the Nile, so many different colours making it look fantastic. The cast was super impressive as well and that more than lived up to the expectations set by the first film. I don’t really think there’s much difference between the two and I probably put them on par with each other.

Kenneth Branagh has more than grown into the role and I felt the moustache was not as distracting as in the first film. Annette Bening is always a positive in a film and I felt as though she offered the right amount of attitude. I loved the mix of British talent in as well having Dawn French join Jennifer Saunders was great as she has not had as much success in film in comparison to her comedy partner. Sophie Okondeo and Leitita Wright were both standouts. I am still failing to see if Gal Gadot actually has any acting ability at all? I mean she is stunningly beautiful but I don’t really see much else. Was also great to see Emma Mackey having watched her in Sex Education over the past few years.

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