Knives Out

Director: Rian Johnson
Year Released: 2019
Rating: 1.5

After wealthy mystery writer Harlan Thrombley (Christopher Plummer) is found with his throat slit - after his 85th birthday - his family members, including daughter Linda (Jamie Lee Curtis), son-in-law Richard (Don Johnson), son Walt (Michael Shannon) and grandson Ransom (Chris Evans) all wait around wondering about their inheritance, but master detective Blanc (Daniel Craig) is also milling about, and he's curious about the actions of Harlan's nurse Marta (Ana de Armas).  Johnson pulls from the collective history of who-dun-its and throws in a dump truck full of red herrings (almost everyone in the family had an issue with Harlan) and Craig imitating Shelby Foote (that Southern drawl) but when it comes to murder mysteries, it's all how the parts fit together, except this is unfortunately ditzy and often illogically plotted, with a lame device (De Armas vomiting every time she tells a lie) that would have made Dash Hammett kick over his writing desk and spill his Scotch.  The "big reveal" by Blanc only amounts to a gigantic "so frickin' what" since nearly everyone is repellent: the money should go to charity and Harlan's "family" should get real work.