Knives Out is a crime-drama film written and directed by Rian Johnson, who has previously directed Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi.
The film follows Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer), a wealthy crime novelist and a patriarch of an eccentric, combative family. On his 85th birthday, he invites his whole family to his mansion. The things turn awry, when the very next morning, Harlan’s housekeeper finds him dead. And then the anonymous party pays private detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) to investigate the crime.
The film stars an ensemble cast, including Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jaime Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, Lakeith Stanfield, Katherine Landford, Jaeden Martell, and Christopher Plummer. And with this pool of talented actors, the film gives some of the best acting performances. With this much big cast, the screen time which every actor gets is limited, but thanks to the clever screenplay that everybody has done their part well.
The film revolves around the murder mystery and the storyline keeps the audience guessing most of the time. The part of that mystery gets revealed very early in the film, which makes upcoming things predictable to some extent. This film made me remember Murder on the Orient Express (2017), which also had multiple suspects surrounding the murder. The film has an interesting story and the cast with the exact amount of comedy sprinkled throughout its runtime. But towards the end, the film becomes a little sluggish and obvious.
Verdict : This is the decent murder mystery I’ve watched in recent times. Worth a watch.
Rating : 3.7/5
Check the trailer here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGqiHJTsRkQ