If you haven’t seen the new movie Knives Out, I highly recommend that you give it a try. It’s one of the best mysteries I’ve ever seen on the big screen. I’m going to discuss some minor spoilers below and I’d love to hear your thoughts, so wait until you’ve seen the movie to read the rest of this.
There are a lot of wonderful elements in Knives Out, and perhaps the biggest element that elevates it over other films in the genre is that 45 minutes into the movie, you know the truth about what happened to the murdered author. We’re not left hanging about that, yet there are still so many aspects of the mystery to be solved.
The other thing worth noting is that there are plenty of movies with twists where you couldn’t possibility have seen the twist coming because the audience isn’t given enough information. That’s not the case here–we’re given an abundance of information and plenty of clues to piece things together. At times I felt like I was ahead of the detective; other times I was right behind. That’s a tough line to walk, but director Rian Johnson pulls it off perfectly.
I also liked (a) how good of a person Marta was and (b) that the detective, like the audience, is able to see the good in her. Too often in these types of movies, it’s the detective that gets the spotlight, and their motivations seem to be more about being right and peculiar than about doing good. Blanc is different.
Also, how clever is it to have a character who can’t lie?! That completely changes the format–it gives us some terra firma in a sea of deceit.
I’d love to hear what you thought about Knives Out. What was your favorite part?