Knives Out (2019)

When multi-millionaire crime author, Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer), is found dead following his 85th birthday party, it seems as though every member of his family might have had reason to dispatch of the old man. The only problem is, he clearly committed suicide. Can famous detective, Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig with a slightly iffy Southern drawl), sort through the clues to uncover the truth?

And perhaps more to the point, when we the audience are surprisingly shown the actual events relatively early in the movie, can the proceeding twists and turns keep the suspense going?!

From the moment I saw the trailer I wanted to see this movie, and I am so relieved it didn’t let me down. It’s dark and funny and twisty and stylish. The surprise early reveal allows for something that bit more complex and ‘clever’ than a straight whodunit, and I loved every tangled moment of it!

The whole cast seems to be having a blast, camping up their character’s worst qualities. Powerful business woman Jamie Lee Curtis and her emasculated husband, Don Johnson; wannabe spiritual guru Toni Collette; the bitter eldest, forever in dad’s shadow, played by Michael Shannon. And the various, spoiled grandkids, headed up by a deliciously dionysian Chris Evans in that sweater. And in the middle of it all, the enigmatic detective and the poor naive nurse, Marta (Ana de Armas), caught up in the middle of everything.

I thoroughly recommend this movie. It’s the right mix of camp and style – oh, that colour-palette (more subtle than a Cluedo board, but the game’s name check made me think it was a nod) – and clever story telling, all in a darkly humorous package.

Released: 27th November 2019
Viewed: 13th December 2019
Running time: 130 minutes
Rated: 12A

My rating: 9/10

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