When the family of renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) gathered to celebrate the patriarch’s 85th birthday, events transpired that they could have never predicted: at some point in the night following the party, Harlan Thrombey was murdered.
This blockbuster who-dun-it murder mystery film was released on November 27, 2019, and currently remains in theaters until February 25, 2020. It comes on DVD at the end of November 2020 on Netflix. The movie pays homage to the style of Agatha Christie with an all-star cast, which includes but is not limited to: Jamie Lee Curtis, Chris Evans, Michael Shannon, Christopher Plummer and Daniel Craig as the debonair Detective Benoit Blanc who tries to find the truth in the pandemonium that is the Thrombey family. Their sheer disarray led to a series of quirky red-herrings from a mismatched band of investigators that no one would expect to advance into the case.
Overall the film received a 97% Certified Fresh and a 92% Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes and an increasing acclaim for the film itself. The film had an incredible amount of twist and turns in the stories that left the audience guessing and suspecting who the true murderer was. The story itself was unlike one I had ever seen in a who-dun-it where Johnson took his own liberties with the genre. It is this wild cast of characters and a mystery that makes the audience question every turn that would pique everyone’s interest.
I have always enjoyed murder mysteries, especially ones that add humor into the story line to keep you interested and engaged. As suspicious and problematic as the characters were, in their own way, they were incredibly interesting and well done. A well-executed murder mystery is a true test of a good writer, and so to experience an example such as Knives Out help could inspire writers to write quirky characters and plotlines.