“On the cusp of his 30th birthday, a promising young theater composer navigates love, friendship and the pressures of life as an artist in New York City.”

Director: Kenneth Branagh
Writers: Agatha Christie, Michael Green
Staring: Kenneth Branagh, Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer
Release Date: February 11, 2022

I was writing a post about my most anticipated 2022 movies and this trailer came out. That is fortuitous timing indeed.

Death On The Nile is based off Agathie Christie’s novel and is being written to screen by Michael Green. The movie is being directed by its main star Kenneth Branagh, who is fluctuating between bad slop (Artemis Fowl in 2020), Oscar contender (Belfast this year) and then this entertaining mush. It is a career path that is most interesting.

Part of my excitement with Death On The Nile is how it will look after getting delayed and pushed so many times. It was set to release in 2019 but then there was a delay in filming so it went to 2020. The this thing called COVID-19 happened and pushed it back to fall of 2021. Tack on some further delays because one of its stars, Armie Hammer, was accused of some not so great things. It has had a whirlwind ride to this point and if I am being honest, I am not too optimistic it is going to stick the landing.

From this trailer…and from all the delays…it is safe to assume Death On The Nile was not shot in Egypt. ALAS, BUT I STAND CORRECTED! According to IMDB, this movie was shot in Egypt, which is a SHOCK from the footage we see.

The Karnak is the ship where this adventure is taking place. It is the confined space where Hercule Poirot must show his wit and solve what appears to be a double murder.

An aspect of this first Death On The Nile trailer I do enjoy is the different colors being thrown around. Everyone is distinct and scenes have a definite pan tone vibe. From what I remember about Murder On The Orient Express (2017) there was a lot of blue (for the snow, it makes sense) and not a whole lot more.

Other random tidbits. Russell Brand is back? That is something. I thought he was done with major motion picture. Also Rose Leslie is back. I have not seen her in a prominent role since Ygritte in Game Of Thrones. I know people recognized her in Downton Abbey but this is a return to movies.

The who-dun-it genre has gotten a leg-up in recent years do in large part to Rian Johnson’s Knives Out (2019), so Death On The Nile has some hype to live up to. Safe to say that the world is more excited for Knives Out 2 later in 2022, but Death On The Nile may be a good appetizer.

February 11, 2022 is the release date for Death On The Nile.


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