Release Date: November 27th, 2019
MPA Rating: PG-13 (for thematic elements including brief violence, some strong language, sexual references, and drug material)
Runtime: 2 hr 10 min
Directed By: Rian Johnson
Written By: Rian Johnson
Starring: Daniel Craig, Chris Evans , Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, and Don Johnson
Knives Out is a classic whodunit movie that revolves around a rich elderly author’s murder. This comedic murder-mystery presents the author, Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) and his less than ideal family, who depend on him for their economic well-being. Thrown into the fray, are also his personal care taker, Marta (Ana de Armas), and the sleuth detective, Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig).
The movie begins the morning after Harlan’s 85th birthday party. He is found dead with what appears to be a self-inflicted knife wound in his neck. The local authorities have determined it to be a suicide, but the detective, who has been hired anonymously believes there is foul play. Blanc decides to question each family member, and determines that most of them have a motive. Before Thrombey’s demise, he cut off his support for most of his family, while at the same time, threatening to expose the infidelity of his son-in-law.
Marta is the only one who has been kind to him, and as result, she was identified in his will as the sole beneficiary of his estate and finances. This causes more chaos as the detective spends the rest of the movie solving the crime. Needless to say, Marta is the last person to see Thrombley alive, and plays a major role in the climax of the movie.
Knives Out has received rave reviews for good reason. Besides being star studded with the likes of Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson, and Chris Evans to just name a few, the story is solid and encapsulating. Throughout the whole movie, I was interested in what would happen next and in what the detective would uncover. The last murder mystery I watched that I enjoyed almost as much as this one was Murder on the Orient Express. Knives Out has all of the positive qualities of that movie and more.
Daniel Craig who is known for his role as James Bond, does an excellent job of playing an American detective with a southern drawl. At first, I was apprehensive towards it, but as the movie progressed, I found myself enjoying hearing him speak. Every actor in the movie played their roles well, and were quite convincing. The story included two plots that you do not usually see in a murder-mystery. For the most part, the audience must wait until the very end to understand what happened. Not in Knives Out. About half-way through the film, a major plot is revealed which leads to the climatic plot near the end of the movie.
With all of this being said, I highly recommend movie goers seeing Knives Out in theaters. This is not one that needs to wait until it is released on Blu-Ray or DVD. Go watch it now!
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars