Knives Out

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I was excited to see this movie since it recieved great reviews. This movie seemed well constructed, with an extensive cast including Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ana de Armas, Toni Collette, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, Lakeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford, Jaeden Martell, Christopher Plummer and many more. Going into this movie, I was expecting a typical “Clue” scenario: Someone died, people were interviewed and eliminated quickly as suspects, and the cause of death would be easy to guess and revealed. I was completely wrong. I am usually able to guess mystery movies very well but I believe that even the greatest detective could not guess this thick plot. 

The opening of this movie excited me with great, soaring orchestral music and a haunting shot of the main house. It quickly picks up speed, making you form a theory about the cause of death and the characters introduced. Quickly, you realize that everyone is hiding secrets. It starts off by following the characters through the last day the deceased, Harlan Thrombey, was alive, his 85th birthday party. At first, Harlan’s death looks like a suicide, perhaps pushed by his family demanding his fortune from his successful career as a murder mystery writer, but Detective Benoit Blanc thinks otherwise. Is it suicide? Or is there more than what meets the eye? Is Harlan playing one of his murder mystery games from beyond the grave?

Only 40 minutes in, a great reveal makes the movie build, the climax continually building. This wild ride of a film has no slow moments. It was refreshing to see a new take on a murder mystery genre. I was extremely impressed with the acting, script, music, and theatrics. This is like no other mystery that I have seen. I expect  it to get many awards and rightfully so. I recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys a tightly woven mystery that makes you test your detective skills. 

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