I've been enjoying the murder mystery genre quite a bit lately. First there was the aptly named Murder Mystery on Netflix last year which I rather enjoyed. Then I read Malice by Japanese author Keigo Higashino (translated by Alexander O. Smith) which was amazing. Not exactly a "murder mystery" in the traditional sense, but a murder novel where the mystery isn't whodunit, but the motive. And I also enjoyed watching Murder on the Orient Express in the cinema back in 2017. So when I had learned that Knives Out was a murder mystery with some very positive reviews, I was intrigued. I wanted to watch it in the cinema but towards the end of last year I was really busy and didn't have the time. Well, I just watched it at home just yesterday and it was really good.
Before I knew it was a murder mystery, I wasn't really that interested in the film to be honest. Rian Johnson wrote and directed it, and I wasn't exactly a fan after The Last Jedi. Daniel Craig starred in it, and I'm not a fan of his either (which contributes to me not watching any of the recent James Bond films). But once the rave reviews started pouring in, and once I knew it was a murder mystery, my curiosity got the better of me and I decided I wanted to watch it. And I loved it.
First off, credit where it's due, Rian Johnson wrote a very compelling and intriguing murder mystery. It was intelligent, intriguing, humorous at appropriate times, and perfectly encompasses the murder mystery feeling. You have the estranged billionaire who dies under mysterious circumstances and leaves behind a fortune for his family to fight over. Unlike the typical murder mystery though, we find out rather early on who killed him. So where's the mystery you ask? To reveal the answer would be to spoil the plot, so I'll leave it there. I will say though, this is where the plot takes an intelligent turn and along with it, my opinion on Rian Johnson also took a turn for the better. He's already on board for the sequel to Knives Out, even going so far as to saying he would be willing to do a whole franchise of movies starring Daniel Craig's character, detective Benoit Blanc. I may not have liked The Last Jedi, but if this film spawns a franchise of murder mysteries written and directed by Rian Johnson, I'd be quite excited for that.
Speaking of Daniel Craig, he did a brilliant job as detective Benoit Blanc. The detective plays a central role in these murder mysteries, and how good the character is can make or break the story. Luckily, Daniel Craig brings the detective to life with an excellent performance full of eccentricity, an aura of arrogance, and an unavoidable attraction to a good mystery. With Death On The Nile set to release later this year, it will be great for Hercule Poirot to have some friendly competition from Benoit Blanc in Hollywood.
Did you watch Knives Out? What did you think about it? Are you looking forward to more murder mysteries coming out of Hollywood?