Knives Out (2019)
IMDb rating: 7.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 97%Watch full movie now
Welcome to the Thrombey mansion where “everyone has a motive and no one has a clue”. This slogan straight off the poster for Knives Out instantly hints at the intrigue, suspense, and humour that the movie dishes up in spades.
With cellphones and mentions of Google, Knives Out is clearly set in contemporary times. But it’s also a definite throwback to the classic whodunnit. Despite its modern setting, the gloomy grounds of the Thrombey mansion shrouded in mysterious mists provide a timeless quality alluding to murder mysteries of yore. This feeling is strongly helped by the film’s score, composed by the director’s cousin, Nathan Johnson. Agatha Christie fans will love the movie too, and it’s very much meant as a tribute to the author and the genre she reigned over.
Christopher Plummer leads the pack as patriarch Harlan Thrombey with Jamie Lee Curtis and Michael Shannon playing his daughter and son. Don Jonson is hubby to Curtis, while Toni Collette is delightful as the flighty widow who was married to Harlan’s deceased son. There are a few entitled (and one very creepy) grandchildren in tow, with Chris Evans’s Ransom causing a lot of the friction. The gentle heart of the film is Harlan’s nurse Marta Cabrera, beautifully played by Ana de Armas.
“Knives Out, in the end, believes earnestly in the whodunit, it just wants to turn it inside out. To say more about that would spoil the fun. But keep an eye here, and elsewhere, on de Armas,” writes Associated Press.