Sunday, October 4, 2020


A well-crafted crime, mystery thriller.


  • Released date: 27th November 2019
  • Language: English
  • Genre: Crime, Crime, Drama, Mystery
  • Subtitles: Yes




The great crime writer Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead in his study of his 85th birthday night. Lieutenant Elliot (LaKeith Stanfield) investigates the death and interrogates all family members separately including authors caretaker. In the background is the famous private detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) who was called in by an unknown client, now thinks he has to solve a murder. Even if the policeman explains to him that everything indicates suicide.


After their first layer of investigation completes, they understand that almost everyone in the deceased's family seems to have a motive for turning the old man around. Daughter Linda Drysdale (Jamie Lee Curtis) runs a successful business from the scratch by her fathers fortune but her husband Richard (Don Johnson) has a secret that Harlan knew about. Linda's son Ransom (Chris Evans) left the party yesterday in an argument. Harlan's son Walt Thrombey (Michael Shannon) runs the family-owned book publisher but has several arguments with his father over the sale of film rights. 


Finally, Joni (Toni Colette), a wife to Harlan's late second son, is financially dependent on her father-in-law for her expenses and for the tuition fees of her daughter Meg (Katherine Langford). Harlem is having a mother whose age is unknown. From all the above, only the nurse Marta Cabrera (Ana de Armas) have been on friendly terms with the late Harlan Thrombey.


Eventually, during their second stage of interrogation, they realise that Harlen killed himself and wrote a will that all his fortune will be given to her caretaker Marta and none to his family members. The table was flipped from there, what happens next is the remaining part of the story.



Knives out - is a classic crime part in the British manner of Whodunit”, in which it is essential to suspect everyone in the room by questioning them in a cleverly way to navigate the viewers into the world of the spotlight. Also, the movie has cynical-humour which creates much tension. For the viewers, the one has to be actively involved to keep the names of the characters memorised and continuously guessing. 


The creator Rian Johnson has kept his embracement till the very end even after revealing early how the old man dead. The screenplay was spellbinding, it was well crafted to give the pleasure of viewing. Too many leading artists, but each has given proper weightage characterisation which shown a better result in the screen. The background score played really well. The cinematography was colourful and has given life to the narrative. 


Overall, Knives out prove that, with senior stars, a proper plot and a perfect screenplay: a substantiated classic and fascinating crime mystery and an entertaining thriller can be crafted.




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