Knives Out (2019)

The classic whodunit gets a new twist in this murder mystery within a murder mystery played out by an ensemble cast for the ages. Toronto-born Christopher Plummer steps in as the crime novel-writing patriarch of the kooky and conniving Thrombey family who assemble at his palatial Massachusetts estate to celebrate his 85th birthday. As the clan heads to bed after the festivities, a creak of the stairs to the attic is a tell-tale sign that something fishy is afoot and, after a body is discovered, chaos runs amuck. Soon, everyone becomes a suspect in the murder investigation led by Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig).

The film takes a serious page from Clue as everyone from the siblings to in-laws to the nurse and maid are called into question in a hilarious story packed with red herrings, perfectly delivered one-liners and a coveted cream-coloured sweater. Much like the mansion where the drama is set, it starts to become clear that the case Blanc was hired to investigate has far more nooks, crannies and secrets than meets the eye. With ransom, crime writing and a little bit of poison for good measure, there’s more here than one person can untangle.

Review by Caitlin Stall-Paquet


Christopher Plummer




Blockbusters, TIFF

Canadian connection

Starring Christopher Plummer
Plummer is no stranger to whodunnits having played Sherlock Holmes twice before.