Agatha Christie's memory is alive with Knives Out; a fun, slick murder-mystery old-school throwback whodunit with plot twists and a truly stellar all-star cast. In the mode of the the board game Clue coming to life, this one leaves you fulfilled with everything this genre should be doing. It's a real whodunit and you happy to be along for the ride the entire way. It's a complex story but works as a masterclass for this genre and is one of the most entertains movies this year. (I hope this film brings this type of movie back because we are long overdue on the big screen.)
Very wealthy best selling mystery crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead with his throat slit in his Victorian residence after this 85th birthday. His spoiled family, all self-entitled eccentrics, have inheritance on their minds as smooth flamboyant gentlemanly detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) begins the investigation to work his way through lies to figure out the truth of what happened.
The cast along with Plummer and Craig are absolutely at their best. All perfectly plucked from Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon to Ana de Armas, LaKeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford and Jaeden Martell. There is a Trump supporter son played by Michael Shannon, a daughter played by Jamie Lee Curtis who plays a real estate agent, a lifestyle expert daughter-in-law played by Toni Collette, and the playboy grandson is Chris Evans. Just reading this you know the casting is spot on.. The South American caregiver is played by Ana de Armas who is excellent. She is a force to reckon with.
Director/writer Rian Johnson always does old genres well and makes smart movies (Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Looper Brick). This film is in the same caliber. It's also so stylized that just watching set design, the look, tone and wardrobe is satisfying in itself. Production designer David Crank did an outstanding job.
The film, with its lots of flashbacks and the plot shifts non-stops worth the journey. The first part might not gel perfectly as you would like, butter not, it all bakes well for the best souffle you could ask for. Knives Out is a must-see this award season.