On his 85th birthday, acclaimed crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead in his room with his throat slit. Just as authorities are about to dismiss the tragedy as suicide due to the lack of evidence to prove otherwise, Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) arrives at the scene to conduct his own investigation. Soon, it is revealed that all of Thrombey’s family have a reason to murder the family’s patriarch. Will Marta (Ana de Armas), the dead man’s caregiver and most trusted confidante, be able to help identify who the killer is? Written and directed by Rian Johnson.~Phil Griffin
"Meet the Thrombeys" viral ads
"Rian Johnson: Planning the Perfect Murder" featurette
Audio commentary by writer-director Rian Johnson, director of photography Steve Yedlin, and actor Noah Segan
Deleted scenes with optional audio commentary by Rian Johnson
Knives Out is one of my favorite films released in 2019. Ryan Johnson's screenplay playfully depicts the class struggle within a murder mystery storyline. The ensemble cast is a pleasure to watch, and I'm glad that Daniel Craig will reprise his role as Benoit Blanc in a forthcoming sequel.
This steelbook is honestly one of the nicest steelbooks I've seen yet, and I own a lot. It comes with a plastic protective "sleeve" that has the cast name, rotten tomato logo, and movie info on so that the actual steelbook itself maintains the art. I've included a few pictures that barely do justice to how nice it looks.
On the surface, Knives Out is a movie crafted in the vein of Clue or an Agatha Christie murder-mystery, but these genre constructs are only present to (mostly) serve as the conduit for writer/director Johnson to better express his feelings about, his concerns for, his frustrations with and his fears concerning America in 2019. Johnson is known for having split the Star Wars community in half with his previous film, Episode VIII - The Last Jedi, but before he took on a Star Wars movie he began his career in smaller fare like Brick before moving into bigger, but still very original features like The Brothers Bloom and Looper. Each of these films have a distinct nature in terms of the type of storytelling or genre Johnson is conveying his voice and ideas through and that is very much the case with Knives Out. When Johnson is working within a genre that allows him the room to elaborate on characters and scenarios in the way that he very clearly enjoys doing it is a formula that is almost unstoppable. Knives Out is a near-perfect film not only because it serves this allegorical purpose, but also because it can be enjoyed simply as a murder-mystery as it is wholly satisfying on just this level.