Knives Out


Directed By: Rian Johnson
Starring: Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, LaKeith Stanfield, Christopher Plummer,
Rating: PG-13
Grade: A+

When famous crime novelist Harlan Thromby is found dead in his study the morning after his 85th birthday, the initial police finding is that he committed suicide. However, noted private investigator Benoit Blanc was hired by an unknown third party to investigate the death and try to find the truth. During the process of interviewing Thromby’s family and close employees, including his personal nurse, Marta, Blanc unravels layers of deception and lies, as well as dysfunction throughout the entire family. As he nears the truth of what happened the night Thromby died, he realizes that the answers may not come from where he thought they would.

These days it’s rare to find a good whodunnit that isn’t either overly complex or watered down to remove most of the mystery. This movie manages to stay a half step in front of the viewer for almost the entire movie. The story is refreshingly original while retelling a tale that’s been around for ages, and the motives of the suspects is surprisingly both diverse and at the same time, all too similar. While there could have been a few more red herrings (they pretty much spell out the guilty party right away, it’s possible they did that so you were thinking there was no way it was them). The star-studded cast all seem to be having a blast in their roles.

What few special effects used are well done, and the background filler isn’t noticeable.

Fans of old-fashioned murder mysteries will enjoy this movie, though the story is interesting enough to appeal to just about anyone wanting a fun and interesting movie to watch. The storyline, while it can get a bit over the top at times (something I found to be part of the appeal), is good enough that it doesn’t get boring to watch more than once.

Knives Out is currently only available free to stream if you have Amazon Prime, but it can be rented through Redbox or Netflix home delivery, or purchased at any participating store or on-line retailer.
I’m always looking for new things to watch/read, so if you have a suggestion for me, just let me know!