Knives Out is a surprisingly funny – and a bit quirky – whodunit murder mystery.
The dysfunctional Thrombey family meets at the father’s mansion in Massachusetts to celebrate his 85th birthday. The father, Harlan Thrombey, is a self-made one-percenter obtaining his fortune by writing murder mysteries; the rest of the family are just tag along 1%s sucking off the father.
I guess the 85th birthday of a 1% is a big event since after this birthday, the entire fate of the family changes.
This story is well written, but the over-the-top ensemble cast is the main fun of this movie.
- Christopher Plummer (Harlan Thrombey) is the elder and is now growing bitter. He is tired of all the family crap, but he has a good heart.
- Daniel Craig (Benoit Blanc) is as far from James Bond as he can get. In Knives Out he is more like the Agatha Christie detective Hercule Poirot (Murder on the Orient Express) but with a southern drawl. He sees clues no one else can see.
- Jamie Lee Curtis (Linda Drysdale) tries to be the matriarch of the family, but no one cares about anybody in this family. She is also a thief.
- Don Johnson (Richard Drysdale), who looks great at 70, says my wife. Poor Richard is bossed around by his wife Linda, kind of amusing, he also cheats on Linda.
- Toni Collette (Unbelievable) as Joni Thrombey seems to be trying too hard with too much makeup. Not an appealing character.
- Chris Evans (gifted, was Captain America) as Hugh Ransom Drysdale, goes by Ransom, finally does some good acting; first time I liked his acting and his character. He plays a good spoiled brat youngest son.
- Riki Lindhome (Donna Thrombey), usually known as one-half of the Garfunkel and Oates comedy music duo, seems to be a bit anorexic.
- Frank Oz (Alan Stevens) is the Attorney everyone gets to yell at and hate. Oz is a great last name, and it is always enjoyable yelling at an attorney.
- M. Emmet Walsh (Mr. Proofroc) has a short role as the groundskeeper. I’m surprised Bruce Dern (The Peanut Butter Falcon, Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood) is not playing that role, Bruce recently has been playing the old guy.
- Ana de Armas (Marta Cabrera) is the heart of the movie. If Marta tells a lie, she throws up. Ana de Armas will be Marilyn Monroe in Blonde.
Knives Out is a fun whodunit murder mystery, well written, with an ingenious plot.