Knives Out by Movieholic Views
Mystery, Thriller, Comedy.
Harlan Thrombey took his own life right after his birthday party celebrations. The untimely demise of an affluent, publishing company mogul who gained popularity with his crime novels raised suspicions afterwards. Then came a perspicuous, quick-witted, discerning, inscrutable detective to the scene with two police officers. The detective got his invitation to the whole plot in strange ways.
The synopsis of Knives Out is pretty much normal as a detective story. But the whole story becomes captivating to the viewers while revealing the darker shade of the characters. The darker side becomes more prevalent as the plot develops. At a certain point, even though the viewers know more about the characters and their intentions, the investigation team still appears to be in the dark searching for the right light to turn up.
There is a stage where the story becomes more interesting. The unexpected twists and trails start to mess up with the viewer too. The gradual development of a murder mystery plot to something that keeps the viewer stitched to their seats makes it furthermore interesting later.
The likes of Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana De Armas had their moments in the storyline. The strange behaviour of Ana De Armas as Martha is well blended with the story though it appears to be beyond the logic. The movie follows the old traditional way of classic detective storytelling by the likes of Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Dyle and many others. I would like to consider this movie as a homage to those greats who laid the foundation for the whole mystery genre storytelling.
One could see Sherlock Holmes or Poirot in the characterization of Daniel Craig as Benoit Blanc. The style he holds from his way of 007 movies had further improvisation for this character. A detective well dressed, with an accent and whereabouts unknown at the beginning of the story, created the way for this character to immerse with the story-line.
If someone is a fan of the mystery thrillers, go for it. Undoubtedly, one of the best movies of 2019 with the way it was presented and everything that followed makes Knives Out to be a must movie to be in the watchlist of movieholics.
© 2020 Rakesh Manoharan Ramaswamy