Whodunnit, 3.5 readers? Whodunit indeed.
BQB here with a review of the star studded mystery, “Knives Out.”
This is a mystery buff’s mystery film, a modern day throwback to Agatha Christie, or if you will, the board game Clue.
On the evening of acclaimed, multi-millionaire mystery writer Harlan Thrombey’s (Christopher Plummer) 85th birthday party, the old man is found dead, his throat sliced open.
The suspects? A veritable whose who list of d-bags and spoiled brat family members who all had a grudge against the old man, and all stood to profit from his demise.
Enter Benoit Blanc, the film’s version of Hercule Poirot, a simple country private investigator with a Foghorn Leghorn accent. Played by Daniel Craig, it’s up to him to sort through the mess and determine who did what and where and when and how.
Yes, dear reader, you’ll practically want to whip out your notebook and jot down details yourself as you join in on trying to figure out the identity of the nefarious perpetrator.
Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson, Chris Evans, Michael Shannon, Rikki Lindhome, Toni Collette, Lakeith Stanfield…I could go on and on but suffice to say there are a lot of top actors in this one and they each get their moment to shine.
Meanwhile, Ana de Armas joins as Thrombey’s nurse and only trusted confidante, who becomes Blanc’s Watson in the quest to figure out which one of this assortment of a-holes did the old man in.
STATUS: Shelf-worthy. Though there are times it can be a little slow, and other times silly, it’s fun and a tribute to those films of yesteryear where the viewer is strung along with clue after clue before finally, the detective gives a rousing speech on how he pieced it all together.