"Knives Out" Review

Author: O'Neil, Alison

A late-2019 drama that has continued to garner acclaim into 2020, Rian Johnson’s “Knives Outoffers a two-hour jaunt through the Clue board game-style mansion of the fictional, celebrated mystery author Harlan Thrombey. When Thrombey is found dead the morning after a contentious birthday party with his family, Southern gentleman detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) finds himself immersed in a world of intrigue both farcical and tragic. Through examining Thrombey’s family an opportunistic and scheming, yet often comical, bunch, constantly at one another’s throats Blanc must solve the case as chaos breaks loose. “Knives Out” distinguishes itself as a contemporary twist on the traditional whodunnit, boasting a star-studded cast and a visually rich set and costumes. Punctuated by a stirring soundtrack and woven through with a delightfully unpredictable plot, “Knives Out” is not to be missed.