Fans of classic mysteries in the tradition of the late Dame Agatha Christie, this is your movie! Knives Out, currently showing in movie theaters, keeps audiences guessing whodunit to the very end.
The all-star cast, which includes Jamie Lee Curtis, Chris Evans, and Don Johnson, portray the family and staff of the late mystery writer Harlan Thrombey (played by Christopher Plummer) as they gather first for the birthday party of their patriarch; and again after his demise, which occurs later that same night. The family members, instead of grieving, though, are more apt to quibble and point fingers at each other as to who had more motive and means to commit murder.
Daniel Craig plays Benoit Blanc, a modern Hercule Poirot-type detective with a southern accent, who was hired by means of a secret message to investigate the death. Blanc follows clues and shadows Marta (Ana de Armas,) the late author’s private nurse, through wild goose chases that uncover more than one suspect and enough red herrings to hide the true criminal to the very end.
Marta, the only character other than the detective who was not after Thrombey’s fortune, spends most of the movie believing she is responsible for his death. Marta tries to hide, and fails completely in attempts to lie, about her involvement in the crime. Her surprising motivation-a promise made to the elderly author immediately before his demise. Why did he prompt her to lie, and what other secrets will be uncovered before the end of the movie? Who actually is responsible for Thrombey’s death? And who will inherit his estate?
I was both pleased and surprised by how much I enjoyed this movie. The mystery was intriguing, the plot had as many twists as any good novel, and the action was enjoyable. There was just enough humor included to keep the story from becoming too dark without turning the whole movie into a spoof of the genre. Not to mention, the majority of the action takes place on an estate that contains hidden compartments, a secret door, and a horde of “props” from Thrombey’s novels, (spoilers) some of which may prove important to the plot!
Check it out at a theater near you!