Unfortunately, though, all is not perfect here. The editing is weirdly choppy, and most every exterior scene is bathed in horrendously ugly artificial lighting, surrounded by a CGI hellscape that can only dream of looking real. The interiors look gorgeous, though, and I really dug the aesthetic — it’s quite a jarring way of bringing us back in time, but I enjoyed the immersion in late 1930s Egypt.
Additionally, Gadot, Hammer and Wright have all come under controversy for different reasons in the years since Death on the Nile was filmed, and I think this may be the last major motion picture for two of the aforementioned three. The fact that none were fully focused upon in the film’s recent marketing tells you all you need to know about the studio’s stance in the matter.
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Writer: Michael Green
Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Tom Bateman, Annette Bening, Russell Brand, Gal Gadot
Rated: PG-13 for violence, some bloody images, and sexual material