Death On The Nile

From the very beginning of “Death On The Nile“, it is established that the keyword for this film is “love” and love is what I found when seeing some of the best visuals I had ever seen.
Director “Kenneth Branagh” who also plays the lead role of Detective “Hercule Poirot” struggles to find love again after the loss of his wife during the war in 1914. Poirot submerges himself into his work with great dedication, one would say that is his way of escaping and avoiding the arrows of cupid.
The first element that caught my attention within this movie is definitely its magnificent views. I believe the first scene that did this was when Hercule Poirot was sitting outside observing the great Pyramid of Egypt. The scene stood out immediately from first glance, it felt as if I were right there in Egypt myself.
You can tell a lot of time and work has been invested into the making of this film by the spectacular scenery you get to witness. The tomb of “Ramesses II” at Abu Simbel, the desert landscapes, and the great Nile River itself. All of these sceneries are admired with great admiration and respect, staying true to where we currently are, Eygpt, “Land of the Pharaohs”. 
This movie itself is based on Christe Agatha’s great novel “Death on The Nile” and while many have their own opinions on Kenneth Branagh’s portrayal or adaptation of her work for both mystery and the personification of “Hercule Poirot” as a detective, it is without a doubt that the mystery was kept till the very end.
The film’s direction of keeping the audience at the top of their toes is perfect and intriguing in every way. You are made to question the actions of each person with a scrutinizing eye, from “Bouc” to “Mrs. Bowers”.
Bouc played by (Tom Bateman) is an interesting narrative during the film, the man can’t seem to keep quiet and seems to know just about everything about everyone on the honeymoon, this man should have been a private investigator under Hercule Poirot himself.
The conflict between Linnet and Jackie is made quite clear as this has everything to do with love. It was transparent though; that “Jackie” had someone on the inside feeding her information on the whereabouts of the newlywed’s Linnet and Simon Doyle, question though was who?
The film tries to misdirect the audience with the gun reveal from Jackie at the start of the film, knowing that if anything were to happen we would obviously blame Jackie however the next scene is what really gives it away. 
When Poirot asked the newlyweds to go back home and enjoy their honeymoon in their safe quarters but Simon sounded displeased with this idea indicating that he had no worries about Jackie. I found this scene very telling of the events that were about to happen.
Not to mention that when Jackie appeared on the “KARNAK” it is said that she had already booked her ticket ahead of time, now how could she have possibly known this when Simon is the one who came up with the plan to move the honeymoon onto the magnificent ship in the first place.
“Linnet Ridgeway” played by (Gal Gadot), “Rosalie Otterbourne” played by (Letitia Wright) and her aunt “Salome Otterbourne” played by (Sophie Okonedo) are the only people throughout the film that come off as innocent as they are the only people here who have nothing to gain from Linnet’s death.
“Jacqueline De Bellefort” better known in the film as “Jackie” and played by (Emma Mackey) is probably the saddest person in the entire film, not only is she stalking her cousin and ex-finance, but no one really talks to her at all during the movie aside from Hercule Poirot and when she’s asked to answer some hard questions. The entire movie it’s as if she’s a ghost tied to the back of the ship with a “Do Not Speak To” sign on her face.
The movie addresses what people are willing to do for love. How far people are willing to go to keep the love they have or keep that love from being taken away from them. Love can be said to be either human’s greatest treasure or a curse.
Love is like power, in the words of Spiderman. “With great power comes Responsibility.” If you’re a responsible person you’ll go out of your way to keep what you have sacred, however, if you’re not responsible you can make people do the craziest most absurd things in the world for love.
Honestly “Death On The Nile” is an amazing film. Beautiful script, great cast, always keeping the audience on their toes questioning everything you see and hear even till the last minute of the film, whether you had already figured out or not who the murderer is, it gave us just as much information to suspect everyone on the ship.
Though I must give Simon Doyle an Oscar for his amazing performance when he discovered the body of his dead wife. Somebody give the man a “Bell’s”. Almost had me for a second there but he was too obvious and that’s why no one would suspect him. His too obvious, the same with Jackie, and that’s why they had to play it to the best of their ability. Wow, Phenomenal screenplay. Beautiful mysterious crime film based on Love and Jealousy.
One last thing, this may very well not be Gal Gadot’s best performance. After watching this film it hit me that Gal Gadot may be one-dimensional when it comes to her acting skills. I say this due to having noticed that her performance in “Death on the Nile” looked very similar to her other movies such as “Red Notice”, “Fast and The Furious” and “Wonder Woman”. Look at those movies and tell me if she doesn’t resemble the same character expressions in all those films. 
Thanks for reading…
Director - Kenneth Branagh

“Agatha Christie really believed in what she wrote,” said Branagh. I think it was born out of personal experience being in bruising love relationships."

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.
Kenneth Branagh
Gal Gadot
Armie Hammer
Letita Wright
Sophie Okonedo
Russell Brand

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