Definitive Ranking Of All Kenneth Branagh's Poirot Films, Including A Haunting in Venice
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This year's Halloween was a special one for all Agatha Christie fans. On October 31, Kenneth Branagh's new Hercule Poirot flick landed on various streaming platforms, and the spooky date was not chosen by accident.
The new story, in which the iconic Belgian detective moves his legendary mustache and huge brain while solving another twisted murder, is made in the horror-mystery genre and features quite a few scares.
This is the third and hopefully not the last attempt of the British filmmaker to adapt the Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie. And in this case, the third time is the charm. But let's not get ahead of ourselves.
If you're thinking of binging all three of Branagh's Poirot movies, which are now available for streaming, but don't know which order to take, we suggest you watch them from worst to best. Here's how it goes.
3rd place: Death on the Nile (2022)
Rotten Tomatoes 61%
The second part of the trilogy is as star-studded and experimental as the other two films. But it stands out. The movie takes a theatrical approach to Agatha Christie's eponymous story, using locations that could easily be stage sets.
While this is an interesting way to flash through the characters, it also lets the story develop at a slower pace, which hurts the mystery element and leads to the audience solving the case before the detective.
2nd place: Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
Rotten Tomatoes 60%
You've probably never seen an ensemble cast as unique as the first film in the franchise. Unfortunately, not all of the actors get a chance to shine as Poirot investigates the murder of Johnny Depp's character with a dark past.
While everyone turns out to have a reason to hold a grudge against the victim, Agatha Christie readers will not be surprised by the finale. This is a beautifully made film, but Branagh is still finding his way into the character, which makes Poirot a little unsettling.
1st place: A Haunting in Venice (2023)
IMDb 6.7/10, Rotten Tomatoes 75%
As we've said before, the third time's a charm for Branagh's film series. The latest film is inspired by Christie's novel Hallowe'en Party and changes a lot about the plot, which turns out to be great for the movie.
The creators move the story to an old palazzo in Venice and give it a blood-curdling atmosphere of a haunted mansion that scares even Poirot. Branagh has definitely found his way with the character and the detective is the best of the trilogy. The cast is still star-studded, but smaller than in Murder on the Orient Express, allowing all actors to give their best performances.
All three films are available to stream on Hulu, Apple TV+, Vudu and Amazon Prime Video.