Fri 13th March: Films at Pelham Hall - Knives Out


(2019) 130 mins

Director: Rhian Johnson
Writers: Rhian Johnson


Knives Out fetches the murder mystery out of the attic and shakes off the dust. It’s an ingeniously constructed film, which is thoroughly modern in its language and filled with so many twists it will make your head spin. Instead of Poirot, we have Daniel Craig’s Benoit Blanc, with a Foghorn Leghorn accent and his own unique mix of wisdom, perception and witlessness.

We’re presented with the family of wealthy crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer), who’s found dead after his 85th birthday party.

The suspects are his own family, played by a starry line-up of names, who include Jamie Lee Curtis’s fearsome property developer, Linda, her sleazy husband, Richard (Don Johnson), and their ne’er-do-well playboy son Ransom (Chris Evans), as well as Linda’s flaky sister-in-law and Instagram star Joni (Toni Collette).

Clearly inspired by Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop, Joni runs Flam, a healthy lifestyle brand that has the fantastically naff advertising slogan “The balance of opposites is the nugget of Flam”.

Knives Out was nominated as best film for the Golden Globes and has a BAFTA nomination for screenplay too. 

The Times: "this is exceptional cinematic froth, and murder at its most mirthful." (5 stars)

The Telegraph: "Daniel Craig has a blast in a murderously fun whodunit worthy of Agatha Christie" (5 stars)

The Independent: "Rian Johnson’s whodunit is an ingeniously constructed film." (4 stars)