Knives Out review


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If you are a fan of classic murder mysteries like Agatha Christie novels with classic archetypes and cheesy plots, then Knives Out” is perfect for you. The movie was released on Nov. 27 and has suspense, comedy and a star-studded cast to provide a thrilling and purely entertaining murder mystery. 

Most classic murder mysteries start off with the death of an influential, and more importantly, rich person. In this case, it’s the “suicide” of the patriarch of the Thrombey family: Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer). His death causes an investigation of the Thrombey family members in an attempt to uncover the real reason behind his death. Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is the private investigator in charge of the case, chasing clues with a comically strong southern accent. 

We all know and love Chris Evans’ as Captain America: loyal, honest, kind-hearted Cap. Well in this movie, Evans takes on a completely different role: a selfish playboy pining after his inheritance money. He pulls off the role extremely well; his acting made me absolutely despise his character, and it’s exciting to see him step away from his typical heroic performances and play an awful person. 

With such a large cast featuring many prominent actors, it is hard for each of  them to get a large amount of screen time. I was looking forward to seeing one of my favorite actors, Jaeden Martell, but his character had a minor role and there wasn’t anything special about his character. There were just too many characters to have a clear focus on everyone, which was expected, but it resulted in some of the characters feeling irrelevant and not adding much to the movie. 

Honestly, I thought the movie was going to be predictable, but I was wrong. I thought I knew what was going on, but the conclusion of the movie relies on the small details I failed to notice. It has the qualities of many classic murder mysteries that follow the same plot lines, but “Knives Out” modified old archetypes and added prevalent commentary about the socioeconomic divide in America to draw in a modern audience while delivering a shocking resolution. If you are looking for thrilling entertainment,I highly recommend watching Knives Out.