Comedy Crime

The Unusual Suspects: A TIFF Review of ‘Knives Out’

September 10, 2019Ben MK

When it comes to whodunits, Agatha Christie helped set the template that filmmakers would use for decades to come. Leave it to writer/director Rian Johnson, however, to put his own mark on the classic whodunit; and while the result may not redefine the genre, it's certainly one hell of a ride.

When legendary mystery novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found with his throat slashed the morning after his 85th birthday, everyone is a suspect — from Harlan's oldest daughter Linda (Jamie Lee Curtis), her husband Richard (Don Johnson) and their son Ransom (Chris Evans), to his youngest son Walt (Michael Shannon), his caregiver Marta (Ana de Armas), and everyone in between. However, if anyone can solve this mystery, it's Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig), a no-nonsense private detective with a Southern drawl and a knack for finding the truth.

Boasting a stacked cast that also includes It Chapter Two's Jaeden Martell, 13 Reasons Why's Katherine Langford, Toni Collette and LaKeith Stanfield, Knives Out is as sly, self-aware and sharp-tongued as they come. Most importantly, though, it'll manage to keep you guessing up until the very end.

Knives Out makes its world premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. Its runtime is 2 hrs. 10 min.

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