(2022) (Kenneth Branagh, Gal Gadot) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Dramatic Thriller: A world-renowned detective tries to solve a murder that takes place onboard a luxury paddle steamer that's headed down the Nile River.
It's 1937 and famed private detective Hercule Poirot (KENNETH BRANAGH) is enjoying a variety of desserts at a nightclub where young Rosalie Otterbourne (LETITIA WRIGHT) demands upfront money before her jazz singer aunt, Salome (SOPHIE OKONEDO) performs. Rosalie is her manager and previously went to school with Linnet Ridgeway-Doyle (GAL GADOT), a wealthy socialite who's arrived to meet her friend Jacqueline de Bellefort (EMMA MACKEY). The latter is pleased to announce that she's to marry the dashing Simon Doyle (ARMIE HAMMER), but once he and Linnet lock eyes and dance together, it's love at first sight.
Not long after that, those two are getting married in Egypt with a honeymoon cruise down the Nile River to follow. Among those invited to attend are Linnet's cousin and family lawyer, Andrew Katchadourian (ALI FAZAL); her rich godmother, Marie Van Schuyler (JENNIFER SAUNDERS) and her longtime nurse and companion, Mrs. Bowers (DAWN FRENCH); aristocratic doctor Linus Windlesham (RUSSELL BRAND) who was once romantically involved with Linnet; Poirot's young friend, Bouc (TOM BATEMAN) and his romantically skeptical mother, Euphemia (ANNETTE BENING); and Linnet's maid, Louise Bourget (ROSE LESLIE).
Joining them is Poirot himself who's on vacation in Egypt when he runs into the wedding party. Linnet asks him to accompany them as personal protection from her former friend turned obsessive stalker, Jacqueline, who's shown up for the festivities. Once on the river, it's not long before someone is murdered and it's up to Poirot to interrogate everyone for possible motives and then identify the killer.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- It might be enticing to some teens if they're fans of whodunit crime mysteries and/or anyone in the cast.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For violence, some bloody images, and sexual material.
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