I grant you that a lot of remakes have been ill-advised and just plain bad (see what I had to say about that in the post linked above), but some of them can be quite good and can stand on their on merits alongside and even improve upon the originals. As far as "Murder On The Orient Express" is concerned, I can say that I liked both this one and Lumet's 1974 version equally. It's a good story, and the studios and the film makers did not skimp in making sure that they gave the public a quality production. And isn't conversations of who was better, Albert Finney or Kenneth Branagh
, Lauren Bacall or Michelle Pfeiffer, Richard Widmark or Johnny Depp, Ingrid Bergman or Penelope Cruz (for the record, I'll vote for Branagh, Depp and Bergman and call it a draw between Bacall and Pfeiffer) all part of the fun, kind of like arguing about Willie, Mickey, and The Duke?