HELL, ANY OF THEM COULD HAVE DONE IT.
85-year-old crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found at home with a slit throat; his whole family are suspects and police employ the help of a brilliant detective (Daniel Craig). A murder mystery inspired by Agatha Christie and countless other genre examples, especially the star-studded extravaganzas from the 1970s. The cast adds a lot of humor, including Craig and his ludicrous Southern accent. What elevates the story, apart from its mystery, is a political edge, where Ana de Armas’s character serves to illustrate the folly of Trump’s racist and corrupt agenda. She’s very good and the film has a light, playful touch, in spite of its length.
2019-U.S. 130 min. Color. Produced by Ram Bergman, Rian Johnson. Written and directed by Rian Johnson. Cast: Daniel Craig (Benoit Blanc), Chris Evans (Hugh ”Ransom” Drysdale), Ana de Armas (Marta Cabrera), Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson… Toni Collette, Christopher Plummer, Frank Oz. Voice of Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Last word: “For me, part of what was exciting about this is ‘let’s do a classic whodunit, [but] set today.’ To me, that meant not just giving it a modern skin with modern music or modern cars or cell phones. To me that meant, okay, if we’re really going to set it today, let’s really plug it in to 2019. And that means when this family gets drunk and starts arguing with each other, they’re going to argue about the things that all of us argue about in our family. I hope that that stuff is layered in, it’s meant to be layered in with the fun entertainment [of the mystery], but also it’s important that it’s there.” (Johnson, Forbes)