When renowned crime novelist and millionaire Harlan Thrombey (Christopher
Plummer) is found dead at his estate the finger of suspicion points at is
dysfunctional family, each of whom have their own reason for wanting the
cantankerous old man dead.
Among the suspects are is daughter Linda (Jamie Lee Curtis) and her husband
Richard (Don Johnson), his son Walter (Michael Shannon) and his wife Donna
(Ricki Lindhome), his widowed daughter–in–law Joni (Toni Collette) and his
three grandchildren: Ransom (Chris Evans), Megan (Katherine Langford) and
Jacob (Jaeden Martell).
Turning up at the same time as the police is the inquisitive and debonair
Private Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig), Blanc having mysteriously
received an envelope full of money telling him to investigate the death as
it wasn’t, as the police suspect, a suicide.
As Blanc goes about investigating the crime it becomes apparent to him that
the answer to the mystery might lie with one of Thrombey’s devoted
housekeeping staff. The last person to see him alive being his carer Marta
Cabera (Ana de Armas) who has the unfortunate habit of vomiting whenever
she tells a lie.
Johnson, who as well as being the director, also wrote the script, shows
his hand, in terms of the murder plot, pretty early , but it’s to his
credit that he manages to introduce enough plot twists and turns throughout
the movies running time to keep the audience guessing until the very end.
Johnson is helped by a wonderful cast, no more so than Craig who, with his
deep southern drawl, seems to be playing the part of Blanc with his tongue
planted firmly in his cheek (at the beginning Blanc appears more like
Inspector Clouseau than Hercule Poirot).
“Knives Out” might not be perfect, the middle section of the movie feels at
times as if it’s been padded out a bit too much and some characters have
more to do, in terms of the storyline, than others, but on the whole
“Knives Out” is an enjoyable whodunit.