If you're looking for an impeccable whodunnit and don't mind paying to rent it on Amazon, then Knives Out is a great choice. Filmed in the style of a classic Poirot or Agatha Christy movie but set in modern day, Knives Out is bursting at the seams with acting talent. Starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Ana de Armas, Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Toni Collette, Don Johnson, Katherine Langford, LaKeith Stanfield, Christopher Plummer, and Michael Shannon, it is a veritable who's who of Hollywood legends.
The plot is simple. Patriarch to the wealthy Thrombey family, Harlan Thrombey (Plummer) dies on the night of his 85th birthday. Surrounded by friends and family, initially, the death is considered a suicide. However, private detective Benoit Blanc (Craig) has been hired to look deeper into the case with his anonymous client believing that Harlan was murdered. The last person to see Harlan alive was his nurse and confidant Marta.
As the investigation unfolds it becomes apparent that each member of the family had their own reasons for wanting the man dead. His son (Shannon) was being fired from the family company. His daughter-in-law (Collette) had been stealing money from him. Grandson Ransom was being cut out of the will and son-in-law Richard was about to be outed for having an affair. Everybody except Marta either wanted his money or wanted him dead.
So how did Harlan Thrombey actually die? Did he commit suicide or was he murdered? That is the question that keeps you glued throughout the two hours Knives Out. And it whizzes by. If you're a murder mystery fan, then you will spend most of the time looking for clues. Be warned though that unless you're some kind of super sleuth, you will find it near on impossible. That is the beauty of this film. It isn't cliched or predictable and director Rian Johnson has created a superb mystery drama that will keep you guessing until the end.