‘Knives Out’ portrays unique mystery

Movie keeps viewers guessing


Fair use from Lionsgate Films: The Thrombey family poses with their patriarch and famed mystery author, Harlan Thrombey. Soon the family would be divided by the conditions of Harlan's death.

Henry Brettingen

“Knives Out” is a stimulating, well executed experience. The film is populated by both interesting and flawed characters, as well as a twist on the mystery genre.

“Knives Out” is a story about the apparent suicide of renowned mystery author Harlan Thrombey. Just as the police are about to close the case, famed Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) arrives after being hired by a mysterious letter. Things are not as they seem as the family members fight over the massive Thrombey fortune, and Marta Cabrera (Ana de Armas) struggles to protect her own family.

All the characters are refreshingly unique with interesting motivations and intricate relationships that make the movie worth viewing more than once. Detective Benoit Blanc plays on the stereotypical prodigal detective cliche, but his unique southern drawl and unique outlook on life keeps the film fresh.

The acting is alright, none of the actors gave an awe inspiring performance, but what makes it great is how distinct the characters played by the actors are. Additionally, the pacing of “Knives Out” is phenomenal, it doesn’t feel like the movie is slowly building to a climax, but rather it’s a wild roller coaster ride where right when the viewer thinks they’ve reached the climax, they realize it’s only the beginning.

Although my second viewing wasn’t nearly as thrilling, simply because I already knew the conclusion, the depth of the characters and the brilliance of the elaborate plot became apparent.

Stunning cinematography and visuals may seem like a strange asset for a mystery to have, but they make the movie truly captivating. Although there is very little actual action, the cinematography makes it thrilling.

̈“Knives Out” keeps the viewer guessing throughout the movie, even when it seems like the plot has been revealed, the twists keep coming. Rian Johnson outdid himself with this movie, partially redeeming himself for the mess that was “The Last Jedi”. Overall it is a very well done movie, which deserves to be seen by anyone who enjoys the mystery genre.