Starring: Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, LaKeith Stanfield, Christopher Plummer, Katherine Langford.
Movie Synopsis: Wealthy and eccentric crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead shortly after his 85th birthday party. Police believe it is suicide, but someone secretly hires a private detective to look at the case. Detective Blanc (Daniel Craig) investigates Thrombey’s dysfunctional family and the staff they employ. Was it a suicide or something more sinister?
The movie opens after Harlan Thrombey has been found dead. The police detectives are at the house interviewing family and staff. They bring the “suspects” in one by one to ask them questions. There is a detective sitting in the back of the room who occasionally asks questions. This detective is Benoit Blanc. He is a private investigator who has been brought in to assist. The local police department feel that Harlan’s death was a suicide. The private detective was hired anonymously to rule out a homicide. Harlan is a very wealthy man. His children are underperformers in his opinion. His daughter, Linda (Jamie Lee Curtis), is the most successful of his children. She owns and runs a real estate company. She did this with significant help from her father. Her brother, Walt (Michael Shannon), runs his father’s publishing empire. Harlan had a second son who died but he still financially supports his daughter-in-law Joni (Toni Collette). The movie has flash backs to the day of his death. Everyone is getting ready to celebrate Harlan’s 85th birthday with a big party. As Detective Blanc asks his questions, they flash back to the actual moments. Sometimes the suspects are telling the truth and sometimes they are misrepresenting what happened. As the investigation progresses, it is clear that Harlan has grown tired of his family living off of him and was planning on cutting some, if not all them, off financially. They all had a lot to lose. Did someone kill him? You will have to watch the movie to find out.
Overall Thoughts: I liked it but didn’t love it. It was campy and fun. Not as cheesy as the movie “Clue”. It tried at one point to be spooky and scary. I feel that this scene was a fail. I may have a bias against this movie because it had some real inaccuracies in regard to medicine and forensics. This is difficult for me to overlook since I am a medical professional.
Script/Editing: A little choppy, but hard not to be when you heavily rely on flashbacks.
Special Effects: Well done.
Should You Go See This Movie? It is entertaining, but don’t expect it to be suspenseful and scary.