Genre = Comedy, Crime, Drama
Where to Watch = Amazon Prime
In the home of a renowned author Walter Thrombey there are many knives in a wheel. One night on his 85th birthday after the celebrations and midnight games there are many noises in the night that stir the many members and extended members of the family. However, when they are all woken in the morning to find that the housekeeper has found the body of Walter with his throat slit suggesting suicide. They are shocked. However, a private detective is hired to help the investigation by who nobody knows and a nurse that has a serious aversion to lies.
My Pitch To You:
I remember the first time I saw this film I was hooked from the beginning which unfortunately doesn’t happen too often with new films these days. However, this one had me from the get go with two strong detective characters each with their own quirks that made me love them even more especially Marta. I knew this was the film for me as it took that classic look at a mystery in an old country house and particularly from Mysterious Affair at Styles (Agatha Christie) and had those characters from modern times that we love so much in our Poirot, Murder She Wrote and Midsomer Murder episodes that I can never stop watching.
These characters were so generic and fascinating those of the Thrombey family; the disappointing grandson, the son desperately trying to push his father into the future, the daughter-in-law that is sponging off her father-in-law and the daughter that is a goddess in Walter’s eyes. They are those perfect characters you need in a murder investigation to make everyone of them a suspect as they all have motive although the daughter less so but wait till you see what is revealed about her. Out of all these annoying stereotypes I think my favourite would be the daughter and the daughter-in-law as they had the best interactions with each other as they are totally dismissive of each other and polar opposites in personality. I would say Marta is my favourite character as you so want her to succeed in every way throughout the film you’ll see what I mean when you watch it. However, I did enjoy the grandson a lot as I love a stirrer in a family they always have the best lines and are the most devious. LeBlanc was irritating and talked way too much but that is what I would expect of him he is like gum on your shoe which works perfectly for this film.
The plot though slow in length never at one moment feels laborious it just feels like you are going through the motions of finding out what each clue means and its significance to the family which at no point is boring as it all comes back round to the larger plot at hand whether Walter committed suicide or not. It really is very clever to see it from the perspective that you do where you think you know the truth but really there is so much that still is to be uncovered. By the end I had that revelation of that all makes sense and works well which you are so happy about because when you invest so much time in a film like this if it doesn’t pay off its devastating.
Overall, I love this film and I think I will be watching it again and again not only for the thrilling plot but the characters that you hate but just can’t get enough of. This is a great film for fans of mysteries and thrillers but also those who like a great piece of cinema and great standalone films. I think it is the perfect film to cozy up too on a rainy day with wine or tea and get completely engrossed in it. I can’t wait to see if there really is a second one and what he will do to trick us next!
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