Being in a lockdown gives me ample opportunities to catch up on movies and shows. Last night, we watched Knives Out. Directed by Rian Johnson (whom Star Wars fans will surely know) with a great ensemble cast that includes Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon and Christopher Plummer.
Watching Knives Out reminds me of old school whodunnits but this time on a contemporary setting. All the ingredients are there. The locked room murder mystery, the big old, creepy house, the suspicious cast of characters each with their own agenda (thus making you think that each can be the suspect), and the eccentric detective with a memorable name — Benoit Blanc as played brilliantly by Daniel “007” Craig who this time around traded his British accent with a Southern one.
It all starts with the discovery of the murder of Harlan Thrombey, played by the great Christopher Plummer. The police interviews the family members one by one and each of the interview was accentuated by a high note on the piano by Benoit Blanc to hilarious effect. But once he speaks, the mood turns somber but still funny at the same time. That’s how great Craig was in this. Actually I’m now hoping for more Benoit Blanc mysteries. Maybe a crossover with Hercule Poirot at some point via time travel? Just wishful thinking I guess.
Anyway, back to the movie. Almost all of the cast delivered solid performances. In addition to Daniel Craig, both Ana de Armas and Chris Evans really stood out for me. Ana de Armas plays the nurse of Harlan, Marta (from Ecuador or Paraguay?). There is very good chemistry between Ana de Armas and Christopher Plummer such that as the events unfolded you can’t help but be heartbroken. Chris Evans, playing against type as the ungrateful grandson with the equally memorable name of Ransom Drysdale, is excellent and you can tell that he is having fun with his role.
Unlike the classic whodunnits of old where all the mystery is revealed at the end, Knives Out sprinkles tidbits of information here and there throughout the movie. It keeps you guessing as you encounter twists upon twists up to the big reveal.
Very highly recommended and worth a rewatch.