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Death On the Nile (2022)

Written and directed by Kenneth Branagh

“Of all the pyramids of all the world you had to walk into mine.”

Set in the 1930s, Death On the Nile takes place in Egypt, following a murder on a tour boat. The film, which is based off of the 1937 murder mystery novel, showcases a directing style similar to Baz Luhrmann, making the viewer visually entranced.

The story follows a newlywed couple, blessed with expendable riches and surrounded by what seem to be good people. However, as the movie goes on (and on), the audience begins to feel suspicious of everyone on the boat. It seems every friend or family member has an equally understandable motive for the murder.

This star-studded cast, including Gal Gadot, Kenneth Branagh, Emma Mackey, Ali Fazal, Armie Hammer, and many many more, display a performance worthy of award nominations.

Unfortunately, a talented cast and pricey budget did not save the story from being highly predictable and overall underwhelming. The film tends to drag on, which led to a very long 2 hours and 7 minutes. Branagh also directed the 2017 movie Murder On the Orient Express, which was a surprise box office hit. However, he was unsuccessful with capturing lightning in a bottle, as Death On the Nile fell short of expectations.

That being said, there is unfortunately nothing refreshing about this film and I left the theater deeply unsatisfied many yawns later.

While I am personally disappointed with the casting choice of Armie Hammer after recent serious allegations, I do have to commend the brilliant performance of all of the cast. The beauty of the story, however, is found in the persistence of love and the consequences of revenge.

Plot: 1.5/5

Soundtrack: 4.5/5

Aesthetic: 4.5/5

Script: 2/5

Representation: 4.5/5

Overall: 1.5/5

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