I first became aware of Robert Pattinson when he played an unassuming English teacher in the hit comedy, Life of Riley. I thought he was brilliant in the part, and I’ve been following his career ever since. He’s one of the most attractive men in films, and he exudes charm and confidence in even the most casual of scenes. There’s no doubt that Pattinson has established himself as one of the most bankable actors of our time.
Pattinson is now set to star in a film adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile.
The classic mystery author’s best-selling 1934 novel follows an English doctor named Dr. Roper as he travels to Egypt to treat a patient. Along the way, the doctor gets wrapped up in a murder mystery that leads to one of the most bizarre and intriguing endings in literature. The adaptation will be directed by Menahem Begin (Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) and will be produced by Andrew MacLeman (The Gucci Convict).
Even though I adore films and have seen practically all of the major releases this year, I wasn’t really that into the idea of seeing an Agatha Christie adaptation. I figured it would be a bit cheesy and not really my kind of thing. I’m sure that a lot of people feel that way about Christie’s oeuvre, which is extremely well-known for being difficult to adapt for film. In the past, directors had to cut corners to make their movies fit the limited budgets of the time, and this resulted in some pretty disastrous films.
I’m happy to report that my opinion about Christie’s iconic works was absolutely wrong. Death on the Nile is not only an amazing movie, but it’s also the perfect adaptation of one of the most beloved mystery author’s stories. The movie’s pacing is perfect, the characters are spot-on, and most importantly, it manages to feel like an extension of Christie’s stories while also being its own unique artistic statement. It’s not only faithful to the book, but it is a brand new look at one of the author’s most iconic characters. The movie is an absolute delight from start to finish.
An Unexpected Twist
One of the aspects that makes Death on the Nile so great is that it offers an unexpected twist at the end. The audience knows from the start that something dreadful will happen, but the way that it plays out is even more shocking than they could have expected. It gets me every time, and I love it when stories surprise me, especially when it comes to film.
The story opens with Roper arriving in Egypt as a tourist. It doesn’t take long before he gets wrapped up in a murder investigation, and before he knows it, he’s participating in the pursuit of a desperate murderer. He’s been taken in by the Egyptian police, and they want him to solve the case and write up his findings, despite the fact that he doesn’t speak Arabic and doesn’t have the cultural background to fully understand what’s going on. It’s essentially a murder mystery involving mistaken identity and a huge amount of deceit.
Inspector Colombo (Christopher Vanech) does everything in his power to trap Roper and get the answer to the question of who murdered his brother. It’s a battle of wits between the two, and the stakes are extremely high. The closer Roper gets to solving the case, the closer he gets to being executed by the Egyptian authorities. This part of the story is so much fun because it’s easy to see how Roper could get so tangled up in this mess, despite his uninterested air and his complete lack of expertise in this matter. He wants nothing to do with it, but the intrigue and the danger of being discovered by the Inspector force him to join the search. This is where his curiosity and his eagerness to learn get the better of him, and it’s wonderful.
Actors To Watch
One of the reasons why I adore and admire Robert Pattinson so much is that he’s such an incredible actor. He brings so much to the screen, and he always makes me appreciate films and their characters more. Here’s a short list of actors and actresses that I think you should keep your eyes open for in 2020 and beyond:
- Mia Wasikowska – Down Under
- Tom Hiddleston – The Night Circus
- Jackie Jing Chang – My Spy Brother
- Robert Pattinson – Death on the Nile
- Chris Evans – The Dead Pool
- Timeline – A Beautiful Dark
- Jing Tian – The Deathguard
- Joey King – Burnt
- Olivia Cooke – Paradise
- Shelley Hennig – The House of Gucci
- Tiffany Hsu – The Nightingale
- Jackie Chan – Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
- Leslie Cheung – Crazy Rich Asians
- Daniel Wu – The Passenger
- Liu Yi – The Farewell
- Nicky Wu – The Song of Life
- Natalie Dormer – The Gallows
- Benedict Cumberbatch – Glasshouses
- Peter Strickland – Michael
- Chase Williamson – The Gentlemen
- Christopher Vanech – Columbo
- Holly Gordon – The Aeronauts
- Peter Capaldi – Infamous
- Richard Madden – My Brother
- Jonathan Howard – The Spy Who Fell in Love
- Logan Marshall-Pope – The Quiet Storm
- Keegan Marshall – The Gentlemen
- Jonathan Cake – The Souvenir
- Cameron Britton – Cut
- Sebastian Stan – The Widow
- Paddy Considine – Under the Sun
So, as you can see, there’s a lot to look forward to in the coming months. I’m sure there will be many twists and turns, and I can’t wait to see what the next wave of films will bring us. I hope this article will help you figure out what films to look out for in the coming months so you can be one step ahead of the curve. Have fun, and may the D’s be with you!