RELEASE DATE: November 27, 2019
MPAA RATING: PG-13 (for thematic elements including brief violence, some strong language, sexual references, and drug material)
Many films of the whodunnit genre lack the ability to hold interest as they often feature boring characters and, thus, fall more in line with being better categorized as a ho-humdunnit. But that’s certainly not the case with Knives Out, a well-paced, clever crime caper that has a solid cast, compelling plot with twists and turns filled with humor, and a satisfying resolution.
While the performances by such stellar actors as Christopher Plummer, Daniel Craig, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Ana de Armas, Chris Evans, Toni Collette, and Don Johnson are admirable, credit must ultimately be given to writer/director Rian Johnson (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) and his homage to the mystery works of Agatha Christie.
Centering around the death of wealthy mystery writer Harlan Thrombey (Plummer) on his 85th birthday, every member of his dysfunctional and greedy family is a suspect. Enter detective Benoit Blanc (Craig), a sort of southern Hercule Poirot who begins to unravel the threads of the case.
There is already talk of a sequel to this film, which makes sense since Knives Out is simply a cut above many other recent movie releases.