Knives Out Hercule Poirot

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As he tries to discover the killer's identity, Poirot also uncovers the hidden lives and motives of the train's other passengers. Thematically, the film is very much like 'Knives Out,' though 'Murder on the Orient Express' is a more classic whodunit tale. The already stacked Knives Out cast has added yet another exciting name: Christopher Plummer. Daniel Craig is playing a detective character inspired by Hercule Poirot, and the plot is said to. Knives Out, a new murder mystery by Rian Johnson. Daniel Craig as a Kentucky-fried private detective (think of a drunk Mitch McConnell attempting Hercule Poirot) and Ana de Armas as Harlan’s.

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Posted on Friday, November 2nd, 2018 by Chris Evangelista

Oh, you thought Rian Johnson‘s Knives Out was done casting? Think again! The already stacked cast of Johnson’s mystery thriller just added yet another noteworthy name: Christopher Plummer. Like most of the roles in the film, next to nothing is known about who Plummer is playing. But the veteran actor joins a cast that includes Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Lakeith Stanfield, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette and Ana de Armas. More on the Knives Out cast below.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Christopher Plummer has joined the Knives Out cast. Plummer has been acting since 1953, and delivered memorable performances in The Sound of Music, The Insider, Beginners, Dolores Claiborne and so many more. Recently, he garnered great attention (and an Academy Award Nomination) for playing J. Paul Getty in All the Money in the World. Kevin Spacey originally played the part, but when accusations of sexual misconduct against Spacey arose, director Ridley Scott chose to go back and re-shoot all of his scenes with Plummer in his place.

So who is Plummer playing in Knives Out? We don’t know. In fact, there’s a lot we don’t know about Rian Johnson’s new film. Here’s what’s confirmed: Daniel Craig is playing a detective character inspired by Hercule Poirot, and the plot is said to be inspired by the work of Agatha Christie and other famous “locked room” mysteries. And that’s really it! Beyond that, all we can confirm is that Knives Out has one of the coolest casts ever: Craig, Chris Evans, Lakeith Stanfield, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Ana de Armas and now Plummer.

While Johnson graduated to blockbuster filmmaking with Star Wars: The Last Jedi, he’s no stranger to lower-budget films or mysteries. He broke into the business with his fantastic indie Brick, which grafted pulp mystery sensibilities (and dialogue) onto a modern-day high school setting. I can’t wait to see what he does with Knives Out. It will also be interesting to see how Johnson’s interpretation of Poirot differs from Kenneth Branagh’s Poirot series. Branagh directed and starred as Poirot in Murder on the Orient Express in 2017, and he’ll return to the role in the follow-up, Death on the Nile. Death on the Nile is due out in 2020, so if Johnson can finish Knives Out and release it in 2019 – which seems to be the plan – he might have the jump on Branagh.

After Knives Out, Johnson is expected to return to the Star Wars franchise with a new trilogy.

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The butler did it, you say? In Rian Johnson’s new movie, this mothballed murder mystery cliche gets a welcome airing out.

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Knives Out pays clever homage to British crime writer Agatha Christie while also rewriting her treatment of social class in her novels, stories and plays. The movie is set in America but the set-up is classic Christie. The wealthy patriarch of a large and unwieldy clan has died the day after a tense and argument-laden birthday party. The manner of death suggests suicide – but is it? The entire family is suspect. A will is to be read. A flamboyant detective with a French-sounding name arrives on the scene.

A non-family member is a part of the mix, and the importance given to her character reflects the movie’s attempt at weaving social commentary into a classic whodunit yarn. Marta (Ana de Armas) is the Spanish-speaking nurse of bestselling author Harlan (Christopher Plummer). Marta is unable to lie and vomits when asked to do so. This characteristic reaps rich dividends after Harlan is found dead in his study, and is especially lucrative if you ignore the niggling question about why a nurse wouldn’t seek treatment for her own peculiar condition.

Harlan’s warring wards makes for easy suspects. His daughters Linda (Jamie Lee Curtis) and Joni (Toni Collette) and son Walt (Michael Shannon) are polished dispensers of platitudes and shedders of crocodile tears. Harlan’s grandson Hugh (Chris Evans) is a dissolute playboy, while son­-in-law Richard (Don Johnson) has a skeleton in his closet that pops out in most spectacular fashion.

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The stellar cast is toplined by a superb Daniel Craig as private investigator Benoit Blanc. The name is a hat-tip to Christie’s detective Hercule Poirot. Benoit has Poirot’s sang-froid and self-regard but also a hilariously earthy American accent – an early indication of the way in which the movie is both respectful of Christie as well as irreverent.

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Several Christie devices litter Benoit’s investigation – the significance of seemingly stray remarks; the unreliability of witness testimonies and flashbacks; the small clues that add up to important discoveries; the detective who is part-conjurer and part-psychologist. Poison, Christie’s preferred mode of killing, gets a contemporary update. Harley’s mansion resembles a wealthy prop manager’s storage unit, and perhaps the most striking item on the sets is a chair made out of glistening knives that turns out to have an important cameo in this game of thrones.

The sharp writing never feels dated even though the murder mystery is resolutely old-school. The tone is light and easy, and the critique of class prejudice and snobbery cuts sharply but not deep. Household help made significant contributions to Christie’s plots, and this contemporary rewrite provides new, imaginative ways with which to regard the small army of butlers, cooks and caretakers who watched their affluent employers kill or be killed. In Knives Out, the best joke is the constant misidentification of Marta’s country of origin. Is she Paraguayan? Brazilian? That’s like asking whether Hercule Poirot was French.

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