Knives Out: A Review

Dedicated nurse Marta Cabrera is Mr. Harlan Thrombey’s caregiver and friend. But when he is found dead in his study with a slit throat, it’s clear a candlestick isn’t to blame. Marta gets swept up with Detective Blanc is the investigation of a lifetime. Will she be able to find out which of this billionaire’s eccentric family members is responsible for his death?

Detective Blanc (Daniel Craig) and Marta (Ana de Armas)

Murder? Mystery? Conspiracy? Sounds like a real-life game of Clue! Except in this one Colonel Mustard isn’t the culprit – Mr. Clue killed himself!

That’s right, Mr. Harlan Thrombey – who made his fortune writing crime novels – is responsible for his own mysterious death. I guessed from the start that Mr. Harlan was responsible, but I couldn’t have been more wrong about how. I thought he had somehow planned his death and hired Detective Blanc in some twisted scheme to determine who would get his fortune – or something along those lines. I did not predict, however, that his death was actually a needless sacrificial accident. Let me try and explain this in a way that makes sense, shall I?

Mr. Harlan slit his own throat to save his nurse Marta from getting in trouble. You see, she had accidentally grabbed the wrong medicine bottle and given him a deadly dose. He knew the ambulance wouldn’t make it in time and he was going to die, but he didn’t want Marta to go down with him. So, he convinces her to leave out the front door, sneak back into the house, put on his robe and pretend to be him, and then sneak back out. This would give her an iron-clad alibi and make it impossible to be a suspect. After all, Harlan would be seen alive and well after Marta had left the house. There would be an investigation, and it would be deemed a suicide – which it was – and everything would be fine. Except that Marta didn’t grab the wrong bottle! The labels had been switched by someone that was trying to murder Harlan! But who could it have been?

This is where Detective Blanc comes in. He is a private detective hired to investigate Harlan’s death, which means investigating his family – who it turns out – all have a motive to kill him. But if you want to find out who dunnit, you’ll have to watch the movie, I won’t spoil everything.

This is a great movie that keeps you guessing until the very end and I highly recommend it. I have been wanting to see it for ages before I even knew it was going to be at HIFF. With a killer cast of big-name actors and a fantastic trailer, I was so excited to see this film. Just from the trailer alone I was looking forward to it. Something about seeing Captain America (Chris Evans) go around a room full of people and tell them each to “Eat shit” had me wanting to buy tickets immediately.

Chris Evans as Ransom Drysdale

Detective Blanc is probably the only part of this movie that I just could not stand and it is for one simple reason: his accent annoyed the crap out of me. Detective Blane, played by actor Daniel Craig, had this horrible accent that sounded like a mixture of the American Mid-west of South and British upper-class. It was just awful and I hated it so much and it ruined an otherwise great character for me. But besides that, it was an excellent movie!

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