When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. From Harlan's disfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc sifts through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan's untimely death.Written by
The early scenes show several of Harlan Thrombey's books. Two covers, shown framed side by side on a table, are "This Little Piggie" and "The Needle Game" which presage the motive and method of the murder plot. Other books include "The Wrong Tree", "Nick of Time", "The Badger", "The Keeper", "Ultimatum ", and "Homunculus", all of which relate to plot elements or characters. There is also "A Drop in the Bucket", which foreshadow's Marta's reaction when she lies. See more »
This is probably an "in joke", but throughout the film, whenever Marta's family origins are brought up by a family member, the country keeps changing (Paraguay, Uruguay, Peru, Ecuador, etc.). See more »
Great movie that really does have all the hallmarks of the classic murder mystery. The story is fairly typical, there is a shocking death, everyone has their motives, and piece by piece the truth is pulled together by a sleuth, in this case Benoit Blanc (great name), who comes across as a more modern version of Hercule Poirot.
To discuss the story, is to give away the twists and turns it takes, which are delightful. Tension is maintained really well throughout the film as you constantly try to guess and workout where this mystery is going, and even right at the end the twist that comes doesn't do anything to release that tension until literally the last 1min of the movie.
The real joy though is in an all star A-list cast all performing at the top of their game, and working so well together. In many cases playing against type which is a joy to watch. If you're a fan of murder mystery, then this is a much watch!
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