‘Knives Out’ heralds glorious return for mystery classics

Experienced detective Beniot Blanc, played by Daniel Craig has his wits tested by the eccentric Thrombey family after the wealthy patriarch, Harlan, is killed on his 85th birthday (Photo: Lionsgate Studios)

Anticipation is fever pitch for Lionsgate Studios’ star-studded, whodunnit crime mystery Knives Out set to grace silver screens this November.

Knives Out, a remake (of sorts) of the 1974 horror classic Black Christmas, promises a thrilling, comedic ride as cinemagoers get a refreshing, modern reminder that there is life in the old-fashioned detective genre.

Boasting the talents of Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette and Lakeith Stanfield – Knives Out, written and directed by Rian Johnson, is shaping up to be the most-awaited film this fall.

Official poster, courtesy of Lionsgate Studios

The film follows wealthy crime novelist Harlan Thrombey, who invites his extended dysfunctional family to his remote mansion on his 85th birthday in hopes of reuniting them all.

Of course, plans go horribly awry just hours after the birthday party, as Harlan is found dead by members of the family the next day.

It is up to experienced detective Benoit Blanc, who’s called in to investigate the case.

(from left) All the Thrombeys are suspects in their patriarch’s death as ace detective Benoit Blanc (far right) investigates the crime (Photo: comingsoon.net)

Soon enough, everyone in the eccentric, combative family becomes a suspect in the patriarch’s ‘death’.

Critics can’t get enough of the Agatha Christie-inspired murder mystery film, after Knives Out’s successful world premiere screening at the Toronto Film Festival earlier in September.

The deceased Harlan Thrombey’s live-in nurse Marta Cabrera (left) and his granddaughter Meg (right) are startled in a scene from Knives Out (Photo: Lionsgate Studios)

Still a month away from its theatrical release, American review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes notes that Knives Out holds an approval rating of 98 percent – declaring the film ‘certified fresh’.

“Knives Out sharpens old murder-mystery tropes with a keenly assembled suspense outing that makes brilliant use of writer-director Rian Johnson’s stellar ensemble,”

— Rotten Tomatoes’ critics’ consensus on Knives Out

Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 83 out of 100 based on 18 critics, indicating “universal acclaim”.

Check out the final trailer below: