'Knives Out' review: Daniel Craig, Chris Evans lift this Agatha Christie-type tale
Johnson, who has made several clever films, clearly knows how to stage a murder mystery.
Except, he’s found dead and the entire family is now a suspect. Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is a detective who’s just as eclectic as the rest of them. As he pulls at the strings, the family’s secrets come to light and mayhem unfolds.
As a director, Johnson favours flashbacks, elaborate plot mechanics and reversals, which makes the plot somewhat clunky. But he makes up for it with a great finale. He’s also helped out by an all-star cast: Chris Evans is the playboy, the black sheep of the family; Jamie Lee Curtis and Toni Collette are impressive as the daughter and daughter-in-law respectively. Meanwhile, caregiver Marta (Ana de Armas) is the breakthrough performer and provides the film with a chance to weigh in on the themes of class, privilege and immigration.