Knives Out is a pure joy to watch, as Director Rian Johnson breathes new life into the classic whodunit genre. While celebrating the genius of Agatha Christie in a film that plays homage to her writing. While also treading new ground, with a script that brings the whodunit up to date.
In a large sprawling manor house outside Boston the successful mystery writer Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) lays dead. The ageing writers throat slit; the knife still laying in his cold hand. His body discovered by the family housekeeper Fran (Edi Patterson). While the writers 85th Birthday celebrations turn to family tragedy. However, despite an initial ruling of suicide, questions remain around the Harlans death. After all, why a man of wealth and privilege end his life in such a dramatic way.
As the Thrombey family gather to mourn the passing of their father and grandfather. The grieving process soon turns to scheming. As each of the old man’s relations vie to protect their individual privilege and status. Each one hiding their own secrets in a world centred around money, fame and position.
The family matriarch Linda (Jamie Lee Curtis) is a successful business leader with a less than honest husband Richard (Don Johnson). While their wayward son Ransom (Chris Evans) takes the role of black sheep and bad boy of the family. Meanwhile Harlan’s Son Walt (Michael Shannon) is the family publisher, and Daughter-in-law Joni (Toni Collette) the family money sponge. While the younger family members include Jacob (Jaeden Martell) the ‘Trump’ loving grandson and Meg (Katherine Langford) the sensitive granddaughter.
Each one of them is indebted too and dependent on the wealth Harlan created. Their lives, beliefs and secrets about to be placed under the microscope of the famous private detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig). A man who finds himself mysteriously hired by an unknown person to uncover the truth. A truth that may lie in the hands of Harlans only true confidant. The low paid, immigrant nurse Marta Cabrera (Ana de Armas). A women who cared for Harlan as the family battled for respect, money and position. As Benoit Blanc’s investigation begins to take hold. The unsuspecting family find the kitchen cutlery draw emptied. As all the knives come out in a family of deep and dark secrets.
Director: Rian Johnson