3.5/4

Knives Out [2019] ★★★½

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been fascinated with a good “murder mystery”. I’ve watched films, played “Cluedo” endlessly, and read Agatha Christie books religiously. And yet, it’s been a while since I’ve seen a whodunit as perfectly crafted as “Knives Out”. You know you’re in for a treat as soon as the film opens: crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer, still as fine as always) is found dead the morning after his 85th birthday party. Police rules it out as suicide, but Detective Benoit Blanc (perfectly played by Daniel Craig) has other ideas (yep, you guessed it, murder). Your suspects? His entire dysfunctional family, a peculiar cast of characters that includes Jamie Lee Curtis, Chris Evans, Michael Shannon, Toni Colette, Katherine Langford and Don Johnson. Throw in Marta (Ana De Armas), Thrombey’s young nurse to the list of suspects, and you’re in for one hell of a ride. Everyone has a motive, so whodunit? My lips are sealed. But know this: writer-director Rian Johnson may have been heavily inspired by other films of the genre, but he adds something extra to this old-fashioned formula. The result is a film that promises a twisted murder mystery but ends up delivering much more. It’s easily one of my favorite films of the year. And just try to solve this case alone. You won’t.

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